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NY Premiere


January 6-17

The Holler Sessions
Frank Boyd (USA)

Staged as a live radio show, The Holler Sessions centers around one man’s burning obsession for jazz. An explosive Kansas City DJ broadcasts his articulate, profane and impassioned testimony in a music-filled interactive experience. Maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with extraordinary music and lots of space for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as a 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 then forgotten.

Created in collaboration with the TEAM.

Writer and Performer: Frank Boyd
Consulting Directors: Rachel Chavkin, Josh Aaseng
Sound Designer: Matt Hubbs
Lighting Designer: Eric Southern
Stage Manager: Samantha Fremer
Videography: Mehmet Salih Yildirim, Gina Chang.

“Frank Boyd’s one-man theater piece is a vital exhortation on the significance of jazz…it should be required viewing for all musicians, music lovers, pop-culture fiends, artists, art fans and American people over the age of 7.” – City Arts, Seattle

95 minutes running time

Frank Boyd is a theater artist based in Seattle. He is a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM. With ERS he performed in Gatz (Public Theater), and The Select / The Sun Also Rises (New York Theater Workshop). With the TEAM Frank co-wrote and performed in Architecting (Public Theater UtR, PS122) and Particularly In the Heartland (PS122). Frank has recently been touring with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. In Seattle, Frank has worked at Seattle Repertory theater and the Intiman Theater. Frank played Joe Kavalier (Seattle Times Footlight Award) in the world premiere of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay at Book-It Repertory Theater. Frank went to NYU and is from Michigan.

Paradise Factory, located in the East Village of Manhattan, is accessible by the F subway line to 2nd Avenue. The East Village has become a center of the counterculture in New York, and is known as the birthplace of many artistic movements, such as punk rock and Nuyorican literature.


Some staff favorites for great dining in the area include Babu Ji NYC at 175 Avenue B and DBGB Kitchen and Bar at 299 Bowery.


Featured image by Frank Boyd
Development of The Holler Sessions was supported by On the Boards and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

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