Hell Hole: A Love Story

Chippen Street Theatre; March 3-13

2021 season

Hell Hole: A Love Story

Adapted from an original play by Jo Kadlecek
Directed by Nicholas Papademetriou

Based on the real-life story of the American Catholic icon (Day is now being considered for sainthood for her radical service amongst the urban poor), Hell Hole explores the power of love to change the way we see, and respond to, the world.

Hell Hole: A Love Story, adapted from an original play by Jo Kadlecek is a true and timely story about a young socialist reporter called Dorothy Day. Based in New York City in the 1920’s we look at the some of the events – nights with a drunken Eugene O’Neill, a wild love affair or two, suffragists rallies, multiple arrests and motherhood – that were important parts of her improbable life leading to possible sainthood.

Dates: 3 – 13 March 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021 8:00 PM; Preview Performance
Thursday 4 March 2021 8:00 PM; Opening Night
Friday 5 March 2021 8:00 PM
Saturday 6 March 2021 8:00 PM
Sunday 7 March 2021 2:00 PM
Sunday 7 March 2021 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10 March 2021 8:00 PM
Thursday 11 March 2021 8:00 PM
Friday 12 March 2021 8:00 PM
Saturday 13 March 2021 8:00 PM

Location: Chippen Street Theatre, Chippendale

Tickets: Book here

You had me at the sturdy suffragist. This play is not some kiddies ‘introduction to the saints’. Adele Querol gives a truly engaging performance as Dorothy Day, which is physically placed to resonate an earthliness and looseness as she inhabits the Hell Hole, a bar where the drinks are plentiful and slide down quickly. She is heartbreakingly practical and down to earth, yet so evidently hounded by something bigger than her motherhood and past sins. The precision of the undercurrents in this production is so finely presented. There is so much to enjoy here, the wonderful performances being uppermost.

Hell Hole: A Love Story

3 – 13 March, Chippen St. Theatre, Reviews by Judith

Hell Hole: A Love Story, adapted from an original play by Jo Kadlecek; presented by Joining The Dots Theatre Company
Hell Hole: A Love Story, adapted from an original play by Jo Kadlecek
Hell Hole - Joining The Dots Theatre production 2021 season

Although it’s a story that began over 100 years ago what Day stood for is still achingly relevant. Without doubt, as a constant advocate for the oppressed, she would have been the first in line to march at the Black Lives Matter protests.

At the same time Day would have found time to coordinate care for the sick (as she did during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic) and still she would have said that it wasn’t enough. She was tireless in her work with the urban poor and the soup kitchens that she started still draw daily crowds for a bowl of nutrition today.

Dorothy Day is an intriguing woman. She is tough. She is challenging. And she made a huge and heartbreaking choice. JTDTC is proud to tell her story as a way of hope, a way of inspiration and a way of moving forward.

“Just don’t call me a saint”, Dorothy has said, “I don’t want to be dismissed so easily”.

Adapted from an original play by Jo Kadlecek
Directed by
Nicholas Papedemetriou


  • ADELE QUEROL as Dorothy Day


  • Lighting Designer: Victor Kalka
  • Sound Designer: Glenn Braithwaite
  • Stage Manager: Jess Looyen

Have a question? Email us at JoiningtheDotsTheatre@gmail.com

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