009 – The Real Americans – with Playwright Dan Hoyle

How theater questions political and ideological assumptions, with playwright Dan Hoyle …

Dan Hoyle
Photo credit: Teresa Castracane

At a time where SNL, Late Night talkshows, and Broadway shows like Hamilton use comedy and ensemble casts to deliver biting commentary on culture and politics — award winning playwright Dan Hoyle takes a different approach: he likes to get lost in the middle of the country first. Hoyle boards trains, drives aimlessly in a van, and gets on planes to stop off in cities he’s never heard of — and to meet strangers, gigolos, racists, neighbors, churchgoers, and citizens in the heartland of the country.

Dan Hoyle
Photo credit: Teresa Castracane

By spending time in scores of cities, Dan Hoyle has not only met hundreds of citizens in the heartland of what Sarah Palin famously referred to as “Real America” but he has created an award winning play about them too. Wedding satire, with an earnest examination of the stereotypes and values liberals often ascribe to those in the flyover states, “The Real Americans” prompts theatergoers question their assumptions about the other side of the ideological divide.

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