Border People




JAN 25- FEB 22, 2020
502 West 53rd Street @ 10th Ave

schedule TBA

originally developed with and directed by CHARLIE VARON

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.


“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


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

Many community performances are pay what you can. Please see tour schedule (TBA) or join our mailing list for details.


Photos above: Dan Hoyle in Border People at the Marsh by Peter Prato


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.

Nicole A. Watson ( Director) Nicole A. Watson 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). 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. As a director she has worked at the O’Neill Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Theater Latte Da, Asolo Rep, the New Black Fest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges, Working Theatre, the Lark, New Dramatists, and the 52nd Street Project. As an educator she has worked at the University of Maryland College Park, the Kennedy Center, 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.

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. Charlie and Brian Copeland are currently performing The Great American Shit Show, an evening of monologues on life in the Trump era.

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).


Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Deepest thanks to our 35th Anniversary Season Supporters



Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
CWA Local 1180
NYC Central Labor Council
OPEIU Local 153
The Segal Company


The 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

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