Margaret Hall

Writer, Teacher, Historian

Steve Cuiffo on Creating the Lip-Synch Magic of Dana H.

Dana H. is an entirely lip-synched play, crafted from interviews with playwright Lucas Hnath’s mother. Deirdre O’Connell plays Dana without ever uttering a word, instead delivering a remarkably layered lip-synch performance as Dana shares her story in her own words.

Steve Cuiffo, an artist who combines magic, illusion, lip-synch techniques, and theater, served as the illusion and lip-synch consultant for Lucas Hnath’s production. Here’s how he helped pull off the feat of theater you see onstage.

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