Best Solo Performer - 2007
Dan Hoyle is a solo theater artist, but his creations aren't like everyday one-man show fare. Based on his own wide-ranging experiences (he's traveled on a Fulbright Scholarship to Nigeria to study oil politics and explored globalization in countries as far-flung as Mexico and Thailand), Hoyle's intensely physical, achingly human, and alarmingly funny productions are roughly autobiographical in scope, but tell other people's stories as much as his own. Owing to his ability to climb under the skin of an entire nation as well as that of his characters, Hoyle creates work that is both personal and political. As a result, his shows often sell out. San Francisco runs of Circumnavigator and Florida 2004: The Big Bummer only ended because of Hoyle's travel commitments. At the time of writing, the performer's latest show at the Marsh, Tings Dey Happen, had its run extended several times after its premiere in January. When the show finally closes, it's likely to be as a result of the artist's embarking upon his next odyssey rather than because of lackluster ticket sales.