" actor you've never seen before will steal the show" - Frank Boyd in the Seattle Times Jan 3, 2015

by Erin

The Seattle Times gets behind Boyd's The Holler Sessions:

Sometimes, quietly but indelibly, an actor you’ve never seen before will steal the show.

I observed just that some months ago in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s dramatization of the Michael Chabon novel “The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”

Frank Boyd gave such an in-depth yet nuanced account of Josef Kavalier, a troubled Jewish artist, magician and refugee from Nazi Europe, that he didn’t seem to be acting at all — just being.

That was the Houdini-esque illusion Boyd pulled off. Now he’s tackling another conjuring trick of his own devising.

Actor-writer-director Boyd describes his new solo piece “The Holler Sessions,” which premieres this week at On the Boards, as “a live radio show that could never be on the radio.”

The sole character of Ray is an irreverent, explosive Kansas City music disc jockey who (like Boyd) is a passionate and messianic jazz fan. “I wanted to do a show about a DJ who talks about jazz the way guys talk about sports on sports radio, or politics on talk radio,” explained the unassuming and intent actor recently.

“You really feel like they’re improvising and it gets argumentative, and heated, and personal. I wanted to bring a George Carlin-like fire to a jazz broadcast.”

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