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Dan Froot


Co-Presented with the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
in association with the Island Grown Initiative and Cronig’s Market

Friday, November 8th | 7:00pm
Saturday, November 9th | 7:00pm
Location: The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
24 Church St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

$25 Adult
$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter discounts apply

Please note, Member Seating won’t be offered at this performance


This presentation of Dan Froot’s “Pang!”, as part of The Winter Yard 2019/20, is made possible thanks in large part to the generous support of The Barr Foundation.


Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.


Pang! is an evening of short plays based on the oral histories of families hungering for change, performed as a live radio theater broadcast. Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line. As both a stage play and a podcast, Pang! brings to life the humanity, dignity, and complexity of the lives of families struggling to put food on the table.

The New York Times listed Pang! as one of the “most interesting new shows”.

Photo by John Pemble

Photo by John Pemble

Why Radio Plays?
Dan Froot and Company’s exploration of the radio play format is inspired by audio storytelling, from the classic 1938 radio drama War of the Worlds to the current zeitgeist of nonfiction public radio podcasts such as The Moth and Snap Judgment. Froot writes that he wants audience members to feel as if they are “between the ears” of each family, hearing what they hear, feeling what they feel. “Empathy,” writes Froot, “can lead to the de-stigmatization of those living with hunger and poverty, which can lead to inter-class dialogue, which can lead to the political will to address income disparity in America.” Amidst a forest of microphones and musical instruments, and tables overflowing with odd assortments of objects, Dan Froot and Company voice dozens of characters, manipulate sound effects props, and play musical accompaniment.

Robert Een’s eclectic score features Een on cello, piano, and baritone ukulele; and Froot on flute and alto and soprano saxophones.

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Pang! is a response to increasing socioeconomic disparity. Over the course of eight months in 2015-2016, Dan Froot and Company created six book-length oral histories of families living with food insecurity in Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids and Miami. They then collaborated with one family from each city to devise each of the 30-minute plays that comprise Pang!. The families consulted with the Company continuously throughout the adaptation, rehearsal and performance processes. The families include:

  • A family who makes a harrowing escape from war-torn Burundi and resettles as refugees in Eastern Iowa, which proves traumatic in its own ways;

  • A single mom and her nine children who are swindled into foreclosure on their Los Angeles home that has been owned by the family for over 65 years;

  • A seven-year-old boy who sows seeds of hope as he fantasizes about his family's way out of a Miami neighborhood besieged by violence and beset by racism.

Dan Froot

The work of Dan Froot (Producer/Lead Writer/Director) has toured internationally since 1983. Awards include a Bessie (New York Dance & Performance Award), a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, and a Foundation for Jewish Culture Playwriting Fellowship. He has worked with Dan Hurlin, Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, David Dorfman, Mabou Mines, Ralph Lemon, and Victoria Marks, among others. He is professor of choreography, creative process, and business of the arts at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.