Dan Hoyle is Taking "Tings Dey Happen," His Award-Winning, Solo Play About Nigerian Oil Politics, on a Whirlwind Tour of Nigeria, Sponsored by the U.S. State Department
To help Hoyle prepare for perhaps his most important audience yet, The Marsh will present a short eight-show revival of “Tings Dey Happen” during the last three weekends in September. Developed with and directed by solo performance master Charlie Varon, the show plays Thursday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm from September 10 – 26, 2009 on The Marsh Mainstage, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
“Tings Dey Happen”
Winner Of The 2007 Will Glickman Award For Best New Play
Short 8-Show Send-Off Revival Set For The Marsh
September 10 – 26, 2009
“Riveting…Funny and Poignant…In the spirit of theatrical journalism exemplified by Anna Deavere Smith, Mr. Hoyle is both a first-rate reporter and actor.” —Wilborn Hampton, New York Times
“Wildly entertaining and the most nuanced and insightful treatment of the complexities of oil politics I have encountered in a decade of covering energy for The Economist.”—Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist
“Entertaining and Eye-Opening...bristles with keen impressions of life and death.”—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“A smart, engrossing, funny, challenging and moving look at… Nigeria's bloody oil politics….an aptly complex, hard-hitting piece that paints memorably touching and entertaining figures.”—Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Dan Hoyle is taking “Tings Dey Happen,” his award-winning, solo play about Nigerian oil politics, on a whirlwind tour of Nigeria, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The show, based on Hoyle's year in Nigeria studying oil politics on a Fulbright Scholarship, will travel to five cities in two weeks this October as part of the State Department's public diplomacy focus on anti-corruption issues.
To help Hoyle prepare for perhaps his most important audience yet, The Marsh will present a short eight-show revival of “Tings Dey Happen” during the last three weekends in September. Developed with and directed by solo performance master Charlie Varon, the show plays Thursday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm from September 10 – 26, 2009 on The Marsh Mainstage, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco. For tickets, the public may call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org.
Hoyle will perform “Tings Dey Happen” in the cities of Lagos, Calabar, Abuja, Jos and Bauchi. The State Department’s Public Affairs Section originally contacted a prominent American professor, author of a well-received book on corruption. The professor, however, recommended “Tings Dey Happen,” which he had seen in New York, as a more dynamic alternative to another lecture from a visiting academic. Hoyle and his show have already been profiled by Nigerian media, but both Hoyle and the State Department are hoping the show's humor and empathy can contribute to revitalizing a strained dialogue between the Nigerian government, its citizens and the oil companies. Ongoing attacks by militants on oil infrastructure have cut Nigeria's oil production to almost half of its capacity, but it remains the U.S.'s fifth largest supplier of crude.
The goal is to attract a diverse audience from all levels of society, including Nigerian government officials, multinational oil company managers, civil society groups, artists and intellectuals, as well as the motorbike drivers, bus conductors, roadside preachers, market women, day laborers, aspiring entrepreneurs, youth group leaders and fisherman by whom much of “Tings Dey Happen” was inspired. This will continue the show's commitment to civic dialogue that marked its long runs at The Marsh and at The Culture Project in New York, with audiences that included large groups of Chevron employees, anti-Chevron activists, Deutsch Bank Oil Analysts, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International Board Members, U.S. and Nigerian government officials, African journalists, and Nigerian expatriates.
“Tings Dey Happen” is a riveting adventure story, a geopolitical tour de force about the year Hoyle spent exploring the West African oil frontier. The Niger Delta has been targeted as the “new Middle East” of oil security and is an extremely dangerous place. The site of the same malarial swamp where disease and attacks from jealous warriors once killed the British, a second generation of warlords now blow up Chevron pipelines to steal the oil and militants kidnap oil workers. Hoyle traveled alone around the swamps, befriending militants, warlords, diplomats, activists and prostitutes. Even the U.S. ambassador sought him out to find out what was going on. He will be unable to return there during his upcoming tour due to a much deteriorated security situation.
In this time of rising energy politics, and as witnessed by the State Department’s invitation, the show remains, if anything, even more relevant than when it premiered in 2007.
A native San Franciscan, Dan Hoyle is also the creator of two other hit shows, both performed in his unique form of journalistic theater: “Circumnavigator” and “Florida 2004: The Big Bummer.” Both enjoyed extended runs at The Marsh.
For Calendar Editors
When: September 10 – 26, 2009
Showtimes: Thursday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 5:00 pm; Sunday at 7:00 pm
Where: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street between 21st & 22nd Streets in San Francisco
Tickets: Thursday:$15-35; Saturday:$25-35; Sunday:$21-35. All Sliding Scale. Reserved Seats $50
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org
For more information call 415-826-5750 or visit The Marsh website at www.themarsh.org
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