Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission

"An intense and invigorating crash course in music appreciation." --Ben Brantley, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)

Staged as a live radio show, The Holler Sessions centers around one man’s obsession with American jazz. An eccentric Kansas City DJ named Ray broadcasts his impassioned and profane testimony in an 80-minute music-filled experience. The Holler Sessions serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America ever created—and forgot. Developed in Seattle, this New York Times Critics’ Pick originally premiered at On the Boards in 2015.

Written and performed by Frank Boyd (Elevator Repair Service, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, the TEAM), The Holler Sessions made its N.Y. premiere in January as a part of PS122’s COIL Festival. The Holler Sessions will tour next to the Detroit Public Theatre and the Guthrie Theater.

Frank Boyd is a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service (ERS) 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, PS122) and Particularly In the Heartland (PS122). In 2015/16 Frank performed on tour with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Frank also recently appeared in A View From the Bridge (Seattle Repertory Theatre) and the world premieres of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Seattle Times Footlight Award) at Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, D.C.). Frank appears in the independent film Almost Family (Best Drama 2014 NoBudge.com) and he wrote and starred in the 2010 short film B.U.S.T. (Special Jury Prize Dallas International Film Festival). Frank went to NYU and is from East Lansing, MI.

Founded in 2004, the TEAM is an internationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based ensemble. Four-time winners of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and ranked “Best of 2013′′ on 3 continents, the TEAM is dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today, crashing American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment. For more info, visit their website.

Review: In 'The Holler Sessions,' a D.J. as True Believer, The New York Times
Review: Jazz in the Blood: Uncoiling The Holler Sessions, Culturebot
Announcement of Guthrie’s ‘Level Nine' Initiative, American Theatre Magazine
Feature: Seattle Theatre's New Jazz Age, American Theatre Magazine
Review
: Let My Children Hear Music, City Arts
Review: What is talent? Why make art? Does passion matter?, Encore Arts
Feature: Actor Frank Boyd jazzes it up at 'The Holler Sessions', The Seattle Times
Feature: The Holler Sessions, The Stranger
Feature: Active Listening, City Arts
Interview with Frank Boyd, NPR (KPLU 88.5) public jazz radio Seattle
Excerpt from The Holler Sessions published in the international online literary journal B O D Y