Hurricane Diane Comes to Two River Theater
Becca Blackwell, Kate Weatherhead, and more star in Madeleine George's new play, directed by Leigh Silverman.
Two River Theatre's world-premiere of playwright Madeleine George's Hurricane Diane has released photos from the production. Directed by Leigh Silverman and currently in previews, Hurricane Diane is currently running through February 12. The official opening is set for January 27.
In Hurricane Diane, the Greek god Dionysus takes form as Diane, a lesbian separatist permaculture gardener from Vermont whose mission is restoring the Earth to its natural state — and gathering acolytes. She begins in a tidy suburban cul-de-sac in Red Bank, New Jersey, populated by four women. As Diane changes their yards into a wild wonderland of paw-paw trees and chokeberry bushes, she sets out to draw the women into her ultimate plan: to stage a bacchanal in her forest garden, and usher in a new era of Dionysian worship in the dying days of the American empire, as the planet warms and the oceans rise.
Becca Blackwell stars as Diane, with Mia Barron as Sandy Fleischer, Nikiya Mathis as Renee Shapiro-Epps, Danielle Skraastad as Pam Annunziati, and Kate Wetherhead as Beth Wann.
The creative team includes Sonya Tayeh (choreography), The Bengsons (original music), Matthew Dean Mars (music director), Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Kay Voyce (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), Bray Poor (sound design), and Melanie J. Lisby (production stage manager).