Join us on Saturday, April 6th at 2 pm in Krause Recital Hall for Richard Hoehler’s “E,” the 6th and final installment of our 2024 salon series. Blending elements of memoir and tribute, this one-person show promises to be a memorable experience.
“E” is a poignant exploration of the remarkable friendship between Richard Hoehler and the much older Edith Speziali. Beginning in 1981, during the Iran hostage crisis, their bond formed amidst the eccentric backdrop of a Soho hardware store. What started with a wry birthday wish on an artsy postcard evolved into a 21-year journey filled with adventures, struggles, and invaluable life lessons.
Hoehler affectionately portrays Edith, more father figure than mother, in a humorous and deeply moving tribute. With irreverent wit and candid storytelling, he shares their experiences, triumphs, and the unconventional dynamics of their relationship. City and country audiences have wholeheartedly received his show, one theatergoer remarking, “Thank you for redefining family.” Performed by Richard Hoehler and directed by Leigh Strimbeck.
Richard Hoehler is a seasoned playwright and performer known for his original theatre works such as “New Jersey/New York,” “Working Class,” “Human Resources,” and “I of the Storm.” His productions have graced Off Broadway stages, regional venues, and international platforms, earning him accolades, including the OOBR for Best Solo Performance.
Beyond his theatrical endeavors, Hoehler is deeply committed to using the arts for social change. He has worked with at-risk youth, inmates, and the formerly incarcerated for over three decades, leading creative writing workshops and theatre programs in diverse settings. From Riker’s Island to Otisville State Prison, his dedication to empowering individuals through artistic expression has made a profound impact.
In 2020, Hoehler founded Acting Out, a pioneering theatre company for the formerly incarcerated based at HB Studio. His upcoming book, “Acting Out: How a Prison Theatre Workshop Broke Free,” slated for publication by Applause Books, delves into his experiences and insights from this transformative work.
With a wealth of experience as an actor, educator, and advocate, Hoehler continues to inspire through his performances, teachings, and ongoing contributions to the theatre world.