The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) opens it’s 1998/99 performance series with solo theater artist Danny Hoch, Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10 at 8 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater (3017 SE Milwaukie). At age 27, Danny Hoch took the New York theater world by storm with his newest piece, Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop, a richly textured portrait of the urban youth who populate the hip hop culture of America today. In his work, Hoch tackles such volatile issues as race, class, sexual identity and violence with a fearlessness and honesty rarely seen in someone so young. Tickets for Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop are $15 general admission; $12 for PICA members and can be purchased through PICA, Jackpot Records and Clinton Street Video or by calling 242-1419.

Danny Hoch grew up in the melting pot neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens and attended the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan. He continued his dramatic studies at the North Carolina Conservatory of Arts and the British Academy of Dramatic Arts, but returned to New York in 1990 to pursue his own work. At 19, he became the youngest member of NYU’s Creative Arts Team, an organization that brings conflict-resolution-through-drama to adolescents in New York City’s jails and alternative high schools. The experience he gained through this work became the source for his thought-provoking and emotionally charged character studies of youth living on the edges of our society. In 1994, he received an Obie award for his first solo show, Some People, which toured throughout the US and Europe, winning a “Fringe First” Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

In addition to his theatrical work, Hoch has also written for television and film, most notably his segment for HBO’s highly acclaimed Subway Stories. His writings have also been published in Harper’s, New Theater Review and Out of Character. He recently appeared as Sonny in the New Group’s production of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s The Flattened Fifth and will soon make his movie debut in Terence Malick’s much awaited film, The Thin Red Line. Hoch is the recipient of a Solo Theatre Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 1996 Sundance Writer’s Fellowship, and was just awarded a 1998 CalArts/Alpert Award in Theatre and a 1999 Tennessee Williams Fellowship. Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop, his third solo show, premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theater in the fall of 1997. He previously appeared in Portland in 1996 as part of P.S. 122 Field Trips.

For more information, please call PICA at 503/242-1419.





1998/99 Performance Series Sponsors
Willamette Week
The Heathman Hotel

Dear Audience,

So yeah yo. It’s been a long time since I seen all of you live. I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the country and the world touring with Some People and some other projects. The highlights were Cuba, Cambodia, India, Croatia and the Dalai Lama. It was cool, but my head got a little cluttered from too much stimulation. I’ve been doing a lot of writing for other stuff, a play, two films, a TV show. I guess I was trying to distract myself from writing a new solo joint. I had too many ideas for what it might be about and I couldn’t decide, thus the title. This is stuff that’s been cluttered in my head for the past few years, and some stuff I collected since I saw you last. Thanks for the support. One Love.

—Danny Hoch

DANNY HOCH won an Obie award for his solo show Some People at Performance Space 122 and enjoyed an extended run at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in 1994 (directed by Jo Bonney). Since then, Some People has toured over 20 US cities as well as Austria, Cuba and Scotland, where Mr. Hoch won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh International Fringe Theater Festival. The television version of Some People can be seen on HBO, and was nominated for a 1996 Cable Ace Award. Danny spent the first half of this decade bringing conflict-resolution-through-drama to adolescents in NYC’s jails and alternative high schools with NYU’s Creative Arts Team. Mr. Hoch is the recipient of an 1994 Solo Theater Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a 1997 Sundance Fellow. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts NYC, he has also trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and in London. Mr. Hoch’s play Clinic Con Class appeared as part of Alma Delfina’s Pieces Of The Quilt at the Magic Theater in 1996. Danny wrote and acted in HBO’s Subway Stories, which premiered this past summer, and just finished shooting Terrence Malickís new epic film, The Thin Red Line. Danny’s new show Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theater in October, and will tour to twelve US cities before opening in New York in the Spring of 1998.

JO BONNEY (Director) Most recently, Jo Bonney directed the premiere of Seth Svl Rosenfeld’s The Flatted Fifth for the New Group. She directed Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia at the Studio Theater in Washington, D.C.; Karen Williams’ How I Got to Cleveland with Robert Olen Butler’s Fairy Tale at P.S. 122; Patrick Breen’s At Midnight and Morning Rain; Warren Leight’s Stray Cats at Naked Angels; and a reading of Keith Josef Adins’ Sweet Home at the Public Theater. Also, Danny Hoch’s Some People*, and Eric Bogosian’s Funhouse, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll*; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead* and the current work in progress, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. She has given workshops at the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab on the development of solo work. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the New Group in New York. * Obie Award

GARTH BELCON (Technical Director) Garth hails from the Bronx, NYC. He is a graduate of The School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, from the Drama/Acting department, where they don’t break into spirited renditions of Fame in hot lunchroom jams. Garth worked as a sound technician and D.J.’ed from the ages of fourteen to twenty for his parents who had their own band. He’s worked as a V.J. for USA Network’s Dance Party USA and toured forty-seven states with a traveling laser light music show, acting in the capacity of producer. Garth attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received degrees in Production Management, Stage Management, and Technical Direction. After graduating in December of ’94, he worked as Soundstage Manager for Universal Studios in Hollywood, running Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue and The Blues Brothers as well as mixing each evening for their Hollywood Nights summer parties. Garth joined Danny Hoch on tour in Edinburgh, Scotland, after working the Shakespeare Festival L.A. in August of ’95. Garth gives credit to his mother (a professional singer) and the birth of the Hip Hop/Rap Nation for helping him to discover and grow in the performing arts. Respect to all New York massive.

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Originally produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre,
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