New Works Commission: Dan Hoyle
Working Title of Commission:
A Facebook farce about what's real and what's fake online, and the lengths we go to preserve our false dignity.
Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist based in San Francisco. His recent solo show The Real Americans, directed by Charlie Varon, 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 and Portland Center Stage. His third solo show, Tings Dey Happen, also directed by Charlie Varon, 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 working on a new solo project about digital media and the News, commissioned by the Pew Philadelphia Theater Initiative, as well as his current commission for SF Playhouse. 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. Website: www.danhoyle.com