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‚Ä¶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‚Äôs haunted by whispers from the past‚Äďand from Dorothy herself. Slowly, a portrait of politics and power, blackmail and betrayal, love and loss is revealed in this mystical mystery.
Get an exclusive look at scenes from Myra‚Äôs riveting off-broadway play, ‚ÄúThe Rise of Dorothy Hale‚ÄĚ and see special interviews with Myra as she speaks about her inspiration and why she posed a haunting theory to the death of Dorothy. View video gallery.