Border People

 

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
DAN HOYLE

OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE DIRECTED BY
NICOLE A. WATSON

off-BROADWAY PREMIERE
JAN 25- FEB 22, 2020

at the GURAL THEATRE at the A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES
502 West 53rd Street @ 10th Ave

NYC BOROUGH TOUR
MARCH 3-14, 2020

March 3rd & 4th @7PM: STATEN ISLAND
SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER
1000 RICHMOND TERRACE

March 6th & 7th @7PM: THE BRONX
THE BRONX DOCUMENTARY CENTER
614 COURTLANDT AVE

March 9th @7PM: BROOKLYN
RISEBORO COMMUNITY ROOM
87 MELROSE ST. BUSHWICK

March 13th & 14th @7PM: QUEENS*
IBEW LOCAL 3
158-11 HARRY VAN ARSDALE JR. AVE

Live Spanish translation available at all Bronx & Brooklyn performances.

*Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, performances of “Border People” in Queens scheduled Friday, March 13, 2020 and Saturday, March 14, 2020 have been canceled.  We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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“Hoyle’s piece assembles voices that often go unheard, not only on stage but in public discourse around race, immigration and cultural difference…  an undeniably engaging and thought-provoking 75 minutes”-Time Out NY

This work of documentary theater feels like a master class” – The New York Times

This is a show that anyone who considers themselves a well-informed citizen should see… These are stories that don’t often get told in theater — and Hoyle presents them in an honest, reliable way” TheaterMania

A one-man tour-de-force” –OnStage Blog

Sweet, powerful, nuanced“-Lighting and Sound America

one of the most special, enlightening, heart warming and informative evenings I have spent at the theater in ages” – StageBiz.com

BORDER PEOPLE reminds us of the universality of the human spirit, tugs at your heart strings, and hopefully forever changes how you view “the immigration problem… Brilliant journalistic theatre perfectly timed”  An Electronic Journey

A master of his craft. Each of Hoyle’s details as juicy as a new plum. Hoyle is one of our theatrical gems.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Dan Hoyle’s brilliant portrayals are exactly what we need right now.”Cecilia Muñoz, immigration advocate and director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Obama White House

“A gifted actor. So transformative and empathetic. Enthralling, sometimes heartbreaking, more often funny. Deeply moving”SF Examiner

“Visionary. Seventy-five spellbinding minutes.” Broadway World


 

TICKETS at Ovationtix.com or call 866-811-4111

General Admission $30 / Reserved Tickets $40
Students/Seniors/Union Members (with ID) $25

On-site box office opens 1 hour prior to performance.

Pay-what-you-can Tuesday 3/3, Friday 3/6, Friday 3/13 at the door-15 minutes prior to curtain, subject to availability.

All Brooklyn performance tickets 3/9 are by suggested donation.

For group sales inquiries (10+ tickets) please email laura@theworkingtheater.org

 

BORDER PEOPLE is based on conversations with immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and border crossers of all kinds at both the Northern and Southern borders, and the many unseen borders in between. A startling gallery of portraits of those who cross borders, geographical or cultural, by necessity or choice.

originally developed with and directed by CHARLIE VARON

Scenic Design FRANK OLIVA
Lighting Design JIMMY LAWLOR
Sound Design JORGE OLIVO
Video Design YANA BIRŸKOVA 
Production Stage Manager KARA KAUFMAN
Graphic Design the watsons 
Press Representation MENDIOLA ARTS MANAGEMENT

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING

 


 

Photos above by Carol Rosegg: Dan Hoyle in Border People at Working Theater


 

SURROUND EVENTS

CLICK HERE to learn more about upcoming post-show panel discussions and other events surrounding Border People’s off-Broadway premiere and NYC borough tour:

 

Friday, January 31 / Borders: Stories in the Media, Reality on the Ground
featuring Palika Makam of WITNESS and independent documentary filmmaker Jess Beck

Thursday, February 6 / Solo Performance: Many Voices, One Vessel
featuring journalistic solo performers Lisa Ramirez, Judith Sloan and Dan Hoyle

Wednesday, February 19 / U.S. Immigration: The Policy and the People
Join Peter Goldberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund in conversation with Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Managing Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University, Julia Preston of The Marshall Project and Theresa Thanjan, Manager of Member Engagement, NYC, at the New York Immigration Coalition.

Friday, February 28, 2020 / 6:00 PM / Community Engagement Workshop at the Bronx Documentary Center
Join us for an evening exploring the current Bronx Documentary Center exhibition, Trump Revolution: Immigration. BDC Founder and Executive Director Mike Kamber will lead a guided tour of the exhibition, followed by a discussion among our community members on the works exhibited and the human cost of American’s changing immigration policy. Refreshments will be provided.

 

 


 

LEARN MORE

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dan’s process and the production

 

 


 

 

WHO’S WHO

Dan Hoyle Portrait by Peter Prato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN HOYLE (Playwright/Performer) is an actor and writer whose 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 EACH AND EVERY THING, THE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR, have toured the country and overseas including The Public Theater, Culture Project, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Mosaic Theater Company (Washington, D.C.), Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Repertory Company, Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Park in Kolkata, India, the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland, Taliesin in Swansea, Wales, and Abuja, Bauchi, Calabar, Lagos, and Jos, Nigeria.

Hoyle has been recognized with many awards, including the Will Glickman, Prize of Hope, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, TBA, and Lucille Lortel (Nomination). He’s been supported by grants from the Edgerton Foundation, the Pew Theater Initiative, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and been commissioned by Aurora Theater, First Person Arts, San Francisco Playhouse and The Working Theater. He holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 2005-2006. In 2016-2017, he was an artist-in-residence at the Heyman Center for Humanities at Columbia University where he began work on his new solo journalistic theater piece BORDER PEOPLE. It opened at The Marsh in San Francisco in January 2019, and ran for ten months. www.danhoyle.com

 

Nicole A. Watson (Director) is thrilled to be back at Working Theater. She is the associate artistic director at Round House Theatre as well as a freelance director and educator. Recent credits include The Niceties (Geva Theatre) School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Round House Theatre), A Doll’s House Part 2 (Round House Theatre), Sweat (Asolo Repertory Theatre), and Skeleton Crew (Baltimore Center Stage). As a director she has worked at the O’Neill Theater Center, Playmakers Rep, Theater Latte Da, the Kennedy Center, the New Black Fest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges, the Lark, New Dramatists, and the 52nd Street Project. As an educator she has worked at the University of Maryland College Park, NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts, Smith College, Two River Theater, Long Island University, and ACT in San Francisco. Along with Dina Vovsi, Luke Harlan, and Rebecca Martinez, Nicole curated The Working Theater Directors Salon for 5 seasons. Her interest is in new plays, especially those that interrogate history and amplify the narratives of those who have been ignored or misrepresented. She is an associate artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a New Georges affiliated artist, an alum of the Women’s Project Lab, the Drama League, and a member of the SDC. www.nicoleawatson.com

 

 

Charlie Varon (Original Director/Co-Developer) is an artist-in-residence at The Marsh in San Francisco. He has collaborated with Dan Hoyle on all his solo shows, including Circumnavigator, Tings Dey HappenThe Real Americans and Each and Every Thing. As playwright/performer, Varon’s award-winning solo shows —all created in collaboration with David Ford —include Rush Limbaugh in Night School (1994), The People’s Violin (2000), and Rabbi Sam (2009) which have had long runs at The Marsh and toured the country. www.charlievaron.com


Performance space for this production was subsidized by the
A.R.T./New York Theatres Rental Subsidy Fund,
a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

 

 


 

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The 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund

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The Howard Gilman Foundation

The One World Fund

The Shubert Foundation

the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to Queens Council Member Rory Lancman