Border People


Written & Performed by Dan Hoyle
Directed & Co-Developed with Charlie Varon
Executive Producers: Fleishhacker Foundation, Terry Gamble Boyer
and Elizabeth Zitrin

Associate Producers: Steve Palmer and Fabrice Florin
Lighting Designer: Cassie Barnes
Light/Soundboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar

Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm


In preparation for his run in NYC, Dan Hoyle has added a select number of dates in January 2020. This is the very last chance to see it before it leaves town!


San Francisco Mainstage


This show was also developed at residencies at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for Humanities, Baltimore Center Stage, and Trinity College, Dublin’s Long Room Hub

A master of his craft. Each of Hoyle’s details as juicy as a new plum. Hoyle is one of our theatrical gems.” Lily Janiak, 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

Show Description

Based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, Refugee Safe Houses on the Northern Border with Canada, and travels along the Southwestern Border and into Mexico. Eleven monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.

Artist Biography

Dan Hoyle is an Oakland-based actor and playwright. His 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 EVERYTHING, THE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR–all created and premiered at The Marsh Theater in his native San Francisco–have toured  the country and overseas including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (NYC), Culture Project (NYC), Berkeley Repertory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Mosaic Theater Company (D.C.), Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep (North Carolina), Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Park in Calcutta, India, the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland, and a U.S. State Department-sponsored five-city tour of Nigeria. As an actor, Hoyle recently appeared in Widowers’ Houses at Aurora Theater Company in Berkeley and Off-Broadway in Samantha Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES at The Sheen Center. His multi-actor plays include GAME ON, co-written with Tony Taccone, (TBA award for Outstanding New Play) THE BLOCK, which had a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway in Spring 2016 (Working Theater), and GROW, a Northern California marijuana comic thriller, which premiered at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA. He has been an artist-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin and Columbia University’s Heyman Center for Humanities.

Charlie Varon (director, co-developer) is an artist-in-residence at The Marsh in San Francisco. He has collaborated with Dan Hoyle on his solo shows Circumnavigator, Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans. As playwright/performer, Varon’s award-winning 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.

Show Info

FRIDAYS, 8 pm: $30 – $35 sliding scale | $60 and $100 Reserved
SATURDAYS, 5 pm: $35 – $40 sliding scale | $60 and $100 Reserved

Extended through | San Francisco Mainstage

75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.


Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply)