The Holler Sessions

written and performed by Frank Boyd
premiered at On the Boards in January, 2015
created in collaboration with the TEAM
consulting directors: Rachel Chavkin & Josh Aaseng
sound designer: Matt Hubbs
lighting designer: Evan Anderson
stage manager: Tori Thompson


The Holler Sessions, staged as a live radio show, centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. Ray’s maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with truly gorgeous music and lots of space for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for jazz fans and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has ever created – and forgotten.



Next stop:
August 20-22, 2015
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
Groningen, The Netherlands

January 8-11 & 15-18, 2015
On the Boards in Seattle


Click here for tickets to Noorderzon Festival



Frank Boyd (writer/performer)

Frank Boyd is a performer and writer based in Seattle. He is a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM. With ERS he performed in Gatz (Public Theater, Sydney Opera House), and The Select / The Sun Also Rises (New York Theater Workshop, McCarter Theatre, European tour). With the TEAM Frank co-wrote and performed in Architecting (Public Theater UTR, Barbican Centre London) and Particularly In the Heartland (PS122, Walker Arts Center, UK tour). In 2015 Frank is performing with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Frank recently appeared in the world premieres of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay with Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theater (Seattle Times Footlight Award, Gregory Award nomination) and Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. Frank appears in the 2014 independent film Almost Family 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.

Rachel Chavkin (consulting director)

Rachel is a director, writer, and Artistic Director of the TEAM. Select freelance credits: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (New York Times Best of 2012 & 2013); Marco Ramirez’s The Royale at the Old Globe; repeat collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac. Awards: 2010 and 2013 Obie Awards (Three Pianos and Great Comet), Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominations for Best Direction (Great Comet), and Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee.

Josh Aaseng (consulting director)

Josh is an actor and director based in Seattle. As Book-It Repertory Theatre’s literary manager he has helped develop several new works, including his adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, which he’ll direct in June 2015.  Josh is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

the TEAM

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.

Development history/partners:

The Holler Sessions was developed in Seattle at On the Boards and the Lab at Inscape.  The final development period for The Holler Sessions received support from On the Boards and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Early material for The Holler Sessions was developed as part of a work created by the TEAM and Sojourn Theater.



Review from City Arts
Review from Encore Arts
Review from the Seattle Times Feature on Frank and The Holler Sessions in Seattle Times
Feature on The Holler Sessions in The Stranger
Feature on The Holler Sessions & Frank Boyd in City Arts
Interview with Frank Boyd on KPLU 88.5 public jazz radio Seattle
Excerpt from The Holler Sessions published in the international online literary journal B O D Y