“The Real Americans” – is back! Escaping the liberal urban bubble, award-winning playwright and performer Dan Hoyle spent 100 days traveling through small-town America. Living out of his van, he found himself sharing meals and conversations with union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans, and closeted gay creation theory experts, among others. Hoyle sought to see the world through their eyes, and found himself at ground zero of our country’s growing economic inequality and polarized politics.
Two Obama terms and 350 performances in a dozen cities later, the show is back. Why? Because Donald Trump has made it all wildly relevant again.
“Mr. Hoyle is both a first-rate reporter and actor.” – New York Times
“Dan Hoyle’s smart, entertaining, funny, insightful, and surprising show…is compassionate and ultimately hopeful, without being soft at all. “— The New Yorker
“Impressive, hilarious, moving and provocative. Beneath the masterful humor, a rich texture of human connections asserts itself. “ — San Francisco Chronicle
“Hoyle has an ability to provoke belly laughs while bringing the audience so deeply into his own world.” — Salon
“You’ll discover yourself struggling to find ways to accurately describe the emotional depth and intellectual breadth of what you have just witnessed.” — Huffington Post
“Hoyle is a master…he fully inhabits both physically and vocally the various personages he plays.” — Portland Oregonian
“Dan’s skills ensured that the audience swung between belly laughs and poignant silence.” — The Telegraph, Calcutta, India
Dan Hoyle is an actor and writer based in New York City. His brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as “riveting, funny and poignant” (New York Times) and “hilarious, moving and very necessary” (Salon). His solo shows, including the most recent, EACH AND EVERY THING, and previously THE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR–all created and premiered at The Marsh Theater in his native San Francisco–have had more than 800 performances around the country and overseas including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Culture Project, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, The Park in Calcutta, India, a U.S. State Department-sponsored five city tour of Nigeria and many universities including Columbia, Stanford, USC, and NYU.
As an actor, Hoyle recently appeared Off-Broadway in Samantha Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES at The Sheen Center (The Claque). He has been featured in several web comedy series, playing everything from a struggling tech entrepreneur to a guy named Skeezy Steve.
His first multi-actor play GAME ON, co-written with Tony Taccone, won the TBA award for Outstanding New Play. His second multi-actor play, THE BLOCK, had a critically acclaimed World Premiere Off-Broadway in Spring 2016, produced by The Working Theater. A new play, GROW, a Northern California Marijuana Thriller, is in development. In 2016-2017 he will be an artist-in-residence at the Heyman Center for Humanities working on a new solo show.
Hoyle has taught workshops at colleges and theaters around the country. He has received numerous awards including the Will Glickman, the Prize of Hope, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel (Nomination), been supported by grants from the Edgerton Foundation, the Pew Theater Initiative, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Zellerbach Foundation, and been commissioned by Working Theater, Aurora Theater, First Person Arts, and SF Playhouse. He holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 2005-2006.