Current Playwriting Student, Daniel Irving Rattner ’20, Directs ‘The Dairie Queen’ at The Tank

October 19, 2018

Second-year playwriting student, Daniel Irving Rattner ’20, is directing The Dairie Queen a play by Savannah Hankinson that premiered at The Tank on October 12 and runs thru Sunday, October 21. Hankinson's one-act play tells the story of Cara Sullivan and her flaky brother, Pete, planning their father’s funeral as they interarct with a set of characters from the ex-lover, to the hot Tinder date, to the overly optimistic funeral director. The siblings struggle with laying their father to rest and their tenous connecton is pushed to the brink, a real chance their relationship won't survive their's father death. As each character deals with loss in their own way, the show explores the hilarity in the process of grieving and promises to keep the audience laughing to the very end. The short play was workshopped at Dixon Place in 2017 and was then selected for the 2017 Spring One Act Festival at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre where it was awarded Best Play. To see details about upcoming performances and get tickets for The Dairie Queen visit Brown Paper Tickets.


Daniel Irving Rattner is a New York-based playwright. His plays include Waiting for the BarbariansThe Holocene ExtinctionThe Cherry Hung with Snow, and O Where Are You Going?. Before coming to Columbia, Daniel assisted with research and production on Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field, a documentary theater piece investigating the school-to-prison pipeline. Daniel also served as Artistic Director of Princeton Summer Theater, on whose Board of Trustees he currently sits. Daniel graduated from Princeton University, where he studied Classics and Theater.