Berkeley Rep Event: Taking Over by Danny Hoch

January 17, 2008

Fundraiser for the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

taking over
written and performed by danny hoch
directed by tony taccone
thrust stage of the Berkeley Rep
world premiere
$125/person (Price includes dinner from Downtown restaurant in Berkeley).
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the art

Like Sarah Jones, Anna Deavere Smith and other solo performers who brought stunning shows to our stage, Danny Hoch took Berkeley Rep by storm with Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop. Now Danny returns to unveil his latest work—a one-man tour de force that captures the indelible characters of his neighborhood, where the melting pot is boiling over with ethnic and economic tensions. Danny effortlessly transforms across the boundaries of race, age and gender, masterfully depicting a city in transition with compassionate and hilarious results. This highly anticipated world premiere, commissioned by Berkeley Rep, is expertly staged by Artistic Director Tony Taccone.

the artists

Danny Hoch is the founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the Obie Award-winning artist who created Whiteboyz; Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop; and the HBO special Some People. His work has been seen in 50 U.S. cities and 15 countries.

Tony Taccone took two shows from Berkeley Rep to New York City last year: he made his Broadway debut with Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, which won a Tony Award for its star, and also directed a sold-out run of Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak's Brundibar in Times Square. His other recent hits here at home include Continental Divide, Culture Clash's Zorro in Hell and Honour.

the buzz

"[Hoch is] a gifted performer who uses his mastery of rap rhythms to invest his characters with remarkable energy and definition…portrayals as harsh and authentic as a police photograph, [with] an occasional touch of sentimentality."—New York Times

"This is not stand-up but it is very funny—sometimes. And at other times you get so close to these people, in a few minutes, that they make you weep."—Revolutionary Worker

"I think [Danny Hoch] is one of the best people I've ever seen do this kind of work. Ever."—Sarah Jones, Tony Award-winning writer and actress

"There is nobody on earth you want to develop a new work with other than [Tony Taccone]. He's Tony Soprano mixed with Samuel Beckett and the brains of a rocket scientist."—Culture Clash's Richard Montoya

"Taccone's skill as a theatrical midwife is legendary…His unusual ability to develop new work is particularly strong with artists who aren't conventional playwrights."—American Theatre