Tings Dey Happen Begins Culture Project Run July 26

News   Tings Dey Happen Begins Culture Project Run July 26 The Middle East isn't the only place the war for oil is being waged these days. The Culture Project, downtown's theatrical social conscience, presents Dan Hoyle's exploration of the Nigerian oil conflict, Tings Dey Happen, beginning July 26.
Dan Hoyle in Tings Dey Happen.
Dan Hoyle in Tings Dey Happen.

Tings Dey Happen is a work of journalistic theatre culled from Dan Hoyle's experiences in Nigeria while he was a Fulbright scholar studying oil politics. In his sociopolitical solo play, Nigerian warlords, prostitutes, oil workers, militants and the American Ambassador to Nigeria come to life, depicting the political temperature in what has been dubbed "the New Middle East." Charlie Varon directs. Nigeria holds a key to the American oil crisis, already supplying ten percent of our nation's oil supply. According to press notes, "Militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta are blowing up pipelines, warlords are threatening rebellion and oil company employees are being kidnapped with alarming frequency. The audience meets all the characters in Hoyle's ambitious, comic and disturbing new play."

Tings Dey Happen previously played a six-month, sold-out run in San Francisco last winter.

Playwright Dan Hoyle's credits include Circumnavigator and Florida 2004: The Big Bummer.

The official opening night is set for August 7, and the production will run through Sept 23. Tickets are priced $35 and $50 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.cultureproject.org

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For more than a decade The Culture Project has produced thought-provoking political theatre, tackling contemporary global issues. Under the wings of Allan Buchman, The Culture Project has presented numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning productions, including Eve Ensler's The Treatment, The Exonerated, Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, Iris Bahr's Dai (enough), Guantanamo, AMAJUBA: Like Doves We Rise, and most recently, Lawrence Wright's My Trip To Al-Qaeda.

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