The Play

The Rise of Dorothy Hale

riveting mystical mystery"

In 1938, New York City was shocked when actress Dorothy Hale threw herself from the 16th floor of the Hampshire House Hotel on Central Park South. But was it suicide…or something more sinister?

Playwright Myra Bairstow weaves this thoughtful theory around the Frida Kahlo painting commissioned by Clare Boothe Luce, managing editor of Vanity Fair, to honor her fallen friend. As Frida begins to paint in the room where Dorothy lived, she’s haunted by whispers from the past–and from Dorothy herself. Slowly, a portrait of politics and power, blackmail and betrayal, love and loss is revealed in this mystical mystery.

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Original Cast of The Rise of Dorothy Hale
Michael Badalucco
Emmy Award
winner for
"The Practice"
Patrick Boll
Faith Healer
20th Century
Sarita Choudhury
A Perfect Murder
Mississippi Masala
Laura Bonarrigo
"One Life to Live"
Mark LaMura
Aida, Emmy Award
Nominee for
"All My Children"
Sarah Wynter
TV's "24" and
"The Dead Zone"
St. Lukes Theater 2007 - 2008
308 West 46th Street, New York City