When Diane (really the Greek god Dionysus) is returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state, her mission lands her among four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac in this new comedy.
From the producers: Meet Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. She’s got supernatural abilities owing to her true identity - the Greek god Dionysus—and she's returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac? Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the bacchanalian catharsis that awaits us, even in our own backyards.
Author Madeleine George's play "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014. She won the 2016 Whiting Award for Drama. George's other plays include "Precious Little," and "The Zero Hour." "Hurricane Diane" premiered at New Jersey's Two River Theater in 2017. Here's a trailer from that production:
Becca Blackwell stars as Diane. Completing the cast are Mia Barron, Michelle Beck, Danielle Skraastad, and Kate Wetherhead. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman ("Violet," "The Lifespan of a Fact") Directs.
What's New York Theatre Workshop? NYTW is one of the more adventurous subscription theaters in the city. Located in the heart of the East Village, it presents a healthy mix of internationally-inflected and avant-garde work, most of which is developed in-house, with a few shows brought in whole-hog. Successful productions range from the premiere of "Rent" in 1996 to the 2012 Tony-winning musical "Once." More here.