The Real Americans

by Josie (’16)

Dan Hoyle’s show, The Real Americans, exceeded my wildest expectations. What I had expected was an older gentleman, maybe clad in old, worn-out corduroy slacks, a plaid shirt, and fleece vest clutching a cane, reciting his life story to a large audience. This was not the case, fortunately. Dan Hoyle is a young, very attractive man with enough energy to do a one-man show that is both exciting and captivating. He wore a plain white shirt and jeans and a variety of baseball caps to differentiate between the characters. The other aspect of his show that surprised me was how he could capture each character so precisely that I could really see the person Hoyle was acting as. It was almost as if those people were on the stage with him. Hoyle was so comfortable with the theater space usually filled with other actors and being in front of an audience alone. Hoyle also did an excellent job of encapsulating the “Real Americans.” He had the accents and the behavior and actions that the classic middle-of-America Americans would have. Hoyle also had the excellent point that we live in a liberal bubble in San Francisco, and that is why it is important to be exposed to who the “Real Americans” are. I hope Dan Hoyle has other shows to come that I can enjoy as much as I enjoyed The Real Americans. I would recommend all who have the opportunity to go see the play, do it!

Dan Hoyle (Spotlight Actor in our upcoming Playwriting shows!)

We are very lucky and pleased to have Dan Hoyle joining us for our playwriting show, Play On Words (April 20-21, 7:30 pm, Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre). If you buy an advance ticket, you can go to the pre-show reception in the theatre lobby, where he will be milling about chatting everybody up. As for the show itself, he will be performing in at least one of the students’ plays.

Dan Hoyle is an actor, playwright, and journalist currently based in San Francisco. 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, and The Cleveland Playhouse.

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.

This winter, Hoyle will begin work on a new solo project about digital media and the News, commissioned by the Pew Philadelphia Theater Initiative, and he was recently commissioned to write his first play for multiple actors by 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: