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News Culture Project Explores Nigerian Oil Conflict in Tings Dey Happen The Culture Project, the downtown theatre company devoted to dynamic political theatre, will present the New York premiere of Dan Hoyle's 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."

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 already played a six-month, sold-out run in San Francisco last winter. Charlie Varon directs.

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

Preview performances begin July 26, with an official opening night set for August 7. The production will run through Sept 23. Tickets are priced $35 and $50 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting *

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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