Dan Hoyle says his epiphany came the day the journalist and playwright
found himself sitting in a little garage cafe in San Francisco being offered
sensitively prepared food crafted from morally conscious ingredients to help
benefit the children of the Taliban, or "something to that effect."
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is America coming to?" recalls Hoyle. "I
need to find the real America. I need to go to small-town, rural America
to find it." And thus began a project that would lead
to Hoyle’s critically acclaimed new solo show The Real Americans, which opens this week at Portland Center Stage.
Hoyle spent 100 days traveling across the country in a
van, taking the small back roads and visiting with the people of what Sarah
Palin had infamously dubbed “the real America.” His resulting one-man
show depicts the conversations he had along way, engagingly told through
the accents of mannerisms of the people themselves via Hoyle’s innate
talent for mimicry. WW sat down with Hoyle to talk about angry small towns and meat sandwiches.