Dan Hoyle’s
Talk To Your People

In-Person at the Berkeley Mainstage

Written & Performed by Dan Hoyle
Developed with & Directed by Charlie Varon

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Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

April 1 – April 15, 2023
Thursdays at 7pm | Saturdays at 5pm

No Shows: March 30 & April 6

Ticket Information

Tickets: $25 – $35 General Seating sliding scale | $50 and $100 Reserved Seating

Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

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

The Marsh Berkeley cabaret bar is open for Saturday performances of Talk to Your People after the show: have a drink and discuss the show! All food and drink must be consumed in the cabaret area. Please wear your mask over your nose and mouth if you are in the cabaret and not actively eating or drinking. Masking at all times is still required when inside the theater.

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About the Show

From award-winning actor and playwright Dan Hoyle, this new piece of immersion research theater chronicles America’s first year of the pandemic through seven stories. Urged by a friend to “talk to your people,” Dan practiced his journalism of hanging out in parks, beaches, and playgrounds, talking to everyone he could, and listening to deeply human, comic, and complex stories about the national reckonings around race, power, and masculinity.

An incisive and comedic meditation on how we got to this moment, and how we might move forward together. Talk To Your People showcases a portfolio of characters that are unique, funny, raw, and moving. Audiences meet a Norcal hippie jock wrestling with his activist heart in a “soul-crushing” corporate job, an Argentine Marxist techie uncomfortable with his newfound status in elite circles, a sensitive hipster academic trying to surf the rising tides of outrage politics, among others, all brought to the stage in Hoyle’s signature style.




“A brilliant performer.” (SF Theater Blog)

“Entertaining. Intriguing. Insightful. Masterfully captivates us as an audience.” (TheatreEddys)

Dan Hoyle is an actor and writer whose brand of immersion research theater has been hailed as “riveting, funny and poignant” (New York Times)

“hilarious, moving and very necessary” (Salon)

 “Vibrantly entertaining. Nothing short of magical.” (Theater Storm) 

“Dan Hoyle delivers with genius, curiosity, and intelligence. Don’t miss!” (Theatrius)


About the Performer

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.