The Holler Sessions
written and performed by Frank Boyd
created in collaboration with the TEAM
Previews February 1 and 2
Opening night February 3
Running through February 26, 2017
The Holler Sessions, staged as a live radio show, centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, a jazz DJ, broadcasts his love of this uniquely American art form from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion. Ray’s maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with truly spectacular music and Ray gives his audience true space room for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as an electrifying jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for jazz fans, and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has ever created – and forgotten.
Frank Boyd is a Seattle based writer and actor and the creator of The Holler Sessions, a solo performance about jazz. The Holler Sessions premiered in Seattle at On the Boards in 2015 and in New York in 2016 as a part of PS122's COIL Festival (NY Times Critics' Pick). Frank is also a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM with whom he as performed in Gatz (Public Theater), The Select (New York Theater Workshop), Architecting (Public Theater, PS122) and Particularly In the Heartland (PS122). In 2015/16 Frank also performed on tour with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Other theater credits include: A View From the Bridge (Seattle Repertory Theater) and the world premieres of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Seattle Times Footlight Award) at Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Red Speedo at the Studio Theatre in DC. TV and film credits include: Z Nation, Guiding Light, Almost Family and B.U.S.T. Frank went to NYU and is from East Lansing, MI.
Rachel Chavkin (Consulting Director)
Rachel Chavkin is a three-time Obie award-winning director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the artistic director of Brooklyn-based company the TEAM (www.theteamplays.org). Selected Work: The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova/Kazino/A.R.T./Broadway – Drama Desk & Lortel nominations), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, LCT – Drama Desk & Lortel nominations), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (World Premiere – Ars Nova/Off Broadway, upcoming national tour), Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown (NYTW), Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), Act II of Taylor Mac’s extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (HERE), Meg Miroshnik’s Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), and multiple collaborations with Dave Malloy including Preludes (LCT3). The TEAM’s work has been seen worldwide, including at the Public, the Vineyard, PS122, UK’s National Theatre and Royal Court, the National Theatre of Scotland, and festivals across Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Josh Aaseng (Consulting Director)
Josh Aaseng is a director and writer based in Seattle, and the literary manager for Book-It Repertory Theatre, where he’s developed several new works, including his adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five. He’s currently working with Seattle writer Daemond Arrindell on an adaptation of T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel Welcome to Braggsville, which he will direct in 2017. Additionally, he’s worked at companies including On the Boards, ACT, PS122’s COIL Festival, and the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival. Josh is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Eric Southern (Scenic and Lighting Design)
Eric Southern is an OBIE award winning designer for theater, opera, and dance. New York: The Harvest (Lincoln Center), Sell/Buy/Date (MTC), Pocatello, Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons), Rimbaud in NY (BAM, The Civilians), Steve (New Group), Buyer and Cellar ( New York, London, Mark Taper Forum, & National Tour); Collected Stories: memoir with David Lang (Carnegie Hall); Play/Pause (BAM, David Lang, Susan Marshall and Company), Chromatic (ADI, The Kitchen, Susan Marshall and Company). His extensivework with the award-winning group 600 Highwaymen has been seen throughout the US and Europe. Also: Atlantic Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Virginia Opera, Long Wharf Theater, The Huntington Theater, Dallas Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival, Kansas City Rep, Portland Center Stage, among others
Matt Hubbs (Sound Design)
Matt Hubbs has designed RoosevElvis, The Holler Sessions, Waiting For You on the Corner of..., Mission Drift, Architecting, Particularly in the Heartland, a Thousand Natural Shocks with the TEAM. Other designs include Indecent (The Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino, ART); The Royale (Lincoln Center, Old Globe), Time and the Conways (Old Globe); Stage Kiss, 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (ART, Yale Rep, SoHo Rep); Three Pianos (NYTW, ART); The Human Scale (The Public Theater); Telephone (Foundry Theatre).
Dani Prados (Production Manager)
Dani Prados has production managed, directed and produced theatre, film, short form content, immersive performance and transmedia for over a decade in locations across the USA and Great Britain. She has been honored to collaborate with a wide range of artists, and will soon be releasing new content with Ryan Rumery, XI.ME.NA, and the band Frances Cone. Dani served as the Artistic Director of GESAMTKUSTWERK! in Seattle from 2009 until 2012, when she relocated to New York to continue expanding her repertoire. Ongoing work includes And, Apart, a film and interactive series exploring the experience of loss, and Be Heard USA, a non-partisan project promoting national communication, education, and self-empowerment through participation in the American political system.
Founded in 2004, the TEAM is an internationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based ensemble. Four-time winners of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and ranked “Best of 2013′′ on 3 continents, the TEAM is dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today, crashing American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment.
The Holler Sessions premiered in Seattle at On the Boards in 2015. Development of The Holler Sessions has been supported by On the Boards, the TEAM, Seattle Repertory Theater and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Early material for The Holler Sessions was developed as part of a work created by the TEAM and Sojourn Theater. Additional touring support received from the Foundation For Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
The Holler Sessions has also been presented in NYC as a part of PS122's COIL FESTIVAL, ACT Theatre in Seattle, the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in The Netherlands, and it will tour to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis later this year.