The Real Americans
"Mr. Hoyle is both a first-rate reporter and actor.” --New York Times
Written and Performed by Dan Hoyle
Developed with and Directed by Charlie Varon
Friday, January 18 08:00 pm
$25 General Admission
$35 Reserved Seating
$21 Senior/Student Admission
The Real Americans connects two worlds that usually prefer to stay apart: the liberal, achingly hip, moral-relativism of gentrified city life and the conservative, absolutist, and often hostile populism that Dan found overflowing in small-town America during his 100-day trip in 2009. Living out of his van and sleeping in backyards and Walmart parking lots, he shared meals and conversation with cowboys, coal miners, soldiers, rural drug dealers, itinerant preachers, closeted gay fundamentalists and creation theory experts. Frequently grateful for their hospitality, often perplexed by their beliefs, he sought to see the world through their eyes and understand their anger. His show brings direct insight into the current election cycle where many of the states he visited are duking it out over the same issues he confronts in the play.
Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist based in San Francisco. His most recent solo show The Real Americans enjoyed a long run at The Marsh in San Francisco, and played Joe’s Pub in New York, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Centerstage and Park Hotel in Calcutta, India.
His third solo show, Tings Dey Happen, won the 2007 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play before running five months Off-Broadway at Culture Project, where it was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Tings Dey Happen was based on Hoyle’s experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria studying oil politics. In October 2009, Hoyle returned to Nigeria to perform the show in five Nigerian cities, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. This tour was filmed by a documentary crew who hope to make it a program for PBS.
Hoyle is currently working on a new solo project, commissioned by the Pew Philadelphia Theater Initiative, about newspapers, digital media, democracy and India. He’s also writing two plays for multiple actors, one a Facebook-era farce for SF Playhouse, and another about gambling, global warming, and baseball with Tony Taccone. His essays have been featured in Salon, Mother Jones, and Sports Illustrated and he also performs with his father, actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle. Hoyle holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University.