Press Release

The Real Americans’ completes PlayMakers’ new season lineup

“The Real Americans,” written and performed by Dan Hoyle, will round out PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2015/16 Season April 27-May 1, 2016.

PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “The Real Americans” as part of its thought-provoking PRC2 second stage series, in which each performance is followed by artist-audience discussion. The performance completes the theater’s 2015/16 lineup, joining Trieu Tran’s “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” (Aug. 26-30) and “Highway 47” by KJ Sanchez (Jan. 6-10, 2016).

“The Real Americans” was inspired by Hoyle’s cross-country trip to small towns throughout the United States. Armed with only a van and a tape recorder, he traveled in search of what’s at the heart of the heartland. In addition to downhome hospitality, he witnessed angry populism among the citizens who have been called “the real Americans.” With brilliant documentary storytelling that has been compared to the work of Studs Terkel and Charles Kuralt, Hoyle’s presentation helps audiences better understand the divide between big city and small town America.

The Huffington Post praised the one-man show as “nothing short of brilliant: unsettling, poignant and hilarious.” The San Francisco Chronicle called it “impressive, hilarious, moving and provocative.”

Dan Hoyle is an award-winning actor-playwright. His solo shows have enjoyed acclaimed runs in New York and San Francisco and have played at venues across the country and around the world. The San Francisco Examiner describes his work as “hilarious… with warmth, humor, empathy… it’s truly magical to watch the gifted Hoyle.”

“The Real Americans” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. on May 1. Tickets are currently available as part of the theater’s season packages. For more information, call the PlayMakers box office at 919.962.7529 or visit

PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The theater’s Mainstage Season opens Sept.16 with Pulitzer Prize-winner “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar.

PlayMakers contact: For more information, contact Connie Mahan, (919) 962-5359,

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093,

Communications and Public Affairs contact: (919) 962-8555,