Hell Hole

Chippen Street Theatre; March 3-13

2021 season

Hell Hole

By Jo Kadlecek

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 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
Performances: to be confirmed
Location: Chippen Street Theatre, Chippendale

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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”.

Conceived and developed by Jo Kadlecek
Written by
Jo Kadlecek
Directed by
Nicholas Papedmetriou

CAST: featuring ADELE QUEROL as Dorothy Day, with:


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