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Meet Dan Hoyle's secret weapon

posted by Chad Jones on Thu, Jun 24, 2010
in At the theatre , Backstage buzz

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Charlie Varon

Sure Dan Hoyle is a skilled journalist, a fascinating writer, and an incredibly talented performer. But he also happens to make savvy choices when it comes to picking his collaborators.

If you were a young solo performer seeking to develop new work, to whom would you turn for help? Dan went straight to Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam), one of the country's best solo performers who also helps steer other solo shows — often at The Marsh in San Francisco — toward brilliance.

Charlie and Dan first collaborated on Tings Dey Happen, a show about Dan's experience as a Fulbright Scholar studying Nigerian oil politics on the Niger Delta. That show went so well they embarked on a second show, The Real Americans, about Dan's cross-country trip in search of "the real America."

Both shows had critics raving and audiences thronging. And both shows just happen to be part of Berkeley Rep's Fireworks festival. The Real Americans begins performances tonight and runs through Sunday, June 27. And Tings Dey Happen runs June 30 and July 1.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Rob Hurwitt sat down with Charlie to talk about his collaboration with Dan in today's newspaper. Read the interview.

Visit our online box office for Fireworks ticket information or call 510 647-2949.

Above photo: Charlie Varon, director and co-developer of Dan Hoyle's Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans. Photo by Liz Hafalia, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle

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