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Danny Hoch | Taking Over

Danny Hoch

Writer and Performer

is an actor, playwright and director whose plays Pot Melting, Some People, and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop have garnered many awards including two Obies, an NEA Solo Theatre Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, CalArts/Alpert Award in theatre and a Tennessee Williams Fellowship. His theatre work has toured to 50 U.S. cities and 15 countries. He is a Senior Fellow at the New School’s Vera List Center For Art & Politics and his writings on hip-hop, race and class have appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, American Theatre, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Creating Your Own Monologue and Total Chaos. His book Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop is in its second printing by Villard Books/Random House. His writing and acting credits for television and film include Bamboozled, Washington Heights, Prison Song, Some People, Subway Stories, Thin Red Line, Whiteboyz, Black Hawk Down, American Splendor, War Of The Worlds, Lucky You, HBO Def Poetry and the film version of Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop. Most recently he appeared alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes in We Own the Night. In 2000, Danny founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, which has since presented over 100 hip-hop generation plays from around the globe and now appears annually in New York, Chicago, DC, and the Bay Area. He directed Will Power’s hit show Flow at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as the bilingual Representa at the SFIAF, and his own Till The Break Of Dawn at New York’s Abrons Arts Center in 2007. He was the 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab’s Playwright-In-Residence and was awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama..

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Tony Taccone


is in his 12th year as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he has staged more than 35 shows – including world premieres by Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long and Itamar Moses. At present, he has two hit shows touring the nation: Danny Hoch’s Taking Over and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. Taccone made his Broadway debut with another solo show, Bridge & Tunnel, which was universally lauded by the critics and won a Tony Award for its star, Sarah Jones. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America with Oskar Eustis, and co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum; he has collaborated with Kushner on six projects, including their latest piece, Brundibar, which featured designs by beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak. It debuted at Berkeley Rep and then traveled to Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the New Victory Theatre in New York City, where it sold out its run and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. In 2004, his production of David Edgar’s Continental Divide transferred to the Barbican in London after playing the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, and England’s Birmingham Rep. Tony often works in Ashland, where he has also directed Coriolanus, Othello, Pentecost and the American premiere of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy. His other regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, the Huntington Theatre, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Public Theater (NYC), San Jose Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre where he served six years as artistic director before coming to Berkeley Rep. Tony has served on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, sat on the board of Theatre Communications Group and has acted as a regional representative for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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Photo Credit

"Danny Hoch" photo by Kevin Berne.