Kyle V. Hiller is a writer and interdisciplinary artist born and raised in West Philadelphia. He is a winner of the 2020 Lenfest Next Generation Fund for journalists and is the author of the 2016 novel The Recital. He's the host of Sidequest Enthusiast, a podcast leveling up diversity and inclusivity in gaming. When he's not doing writerly things, he's studying Japanese, cooking ramen, playing video games, or DJing. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, or check out his website.
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Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present Antoinette Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over’
Surviving to the promised land
Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present ‘Pass Over,’ a story about two young Black men looking to pass over into their imagined promised land. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
As normality attempts to return, mask-wearing arguments often miss the truth
Masking our problems
The past year has brought us a lifetime’s worth of pandemic anxiety and movements for justice, but it all seems to have boiled down to worries about masks. Kyle V. Hiller says something deeper is in play.
InterAct Theatre Company presents Eleanor Burgess’s ‘The Niceties’
Nothing nice about it
InterAct’s virtual presentation of ‘The Niceties’ hits close to home for college students of color. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Arden Theatre Company presents Kash Goins’s ‘74 Seconds...To Judgment: A Radio Play’
Still listening for justice
The Arden adapts its 2019 production of ‘74 Seconds… To Judgment’ into a provocative, meta radio play. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
30 years in the future, one white woman honors her actions for social justice
Karen tells America
It’s Stacey Abrams Day 2051, and just like her forbears marched with Dr. King, Karen reminisces about the time she helped America finally change for the better. Kyle V. Hiller imagines.
Opera Philadelphia presents Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Save the Boys’
Starving for these stories
Opera Philadelphia presents the latest from Tyshawn Sorey with ‘Save the Boys,’ an opera interpretation of a poem by abolitionist and Black women’s rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Resident Ensemble Players presents Hassan El-Amin’s ‘Talk About Race’
There is [not] a Black America
REP’s ‘Talk About Race’ sparks an assortment of conversations through a collection of vignettes in a new audio performance, but does it add anything to those conversations? Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
For MLK Day 2021, can we fight our history of miseducation in America?
The truth about unity
This MLK Day, Kyle V. Hiller considers what “unity” actually means, and the education that will get us there.
Here’s what 2020 told us about the things we deserve in America
What are we worth?
This year gave us a lot to look back on, but we prefer to ask what about this agonizing, illuminating, terrifying year we’re carrying into the future. Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns consider.
What does the Sixers’ new city jersey tell us about the future of Philadelphia?
Philly love & basketball
The Sixers' unveiling of their new city jerseys came just days after election week. For Kyle V. Hiller, the two events offer a lot to debate about Philly’s identity.
Opera Philadelphia presents ‘Cycles of My Being’
Songs for hope in Black America
Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Cycles of My Being’ is a gripping, haunting opera that seeks answers to America’s long history of oppression. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
In the 2020 general election, do we know why we’re voting?
This vote is personal
Who are politics for? Why should we care? Kyle V. Hiller asks what makes voting important on a personal level, and remembers what got him started.
I didn’t find reverie in ‘Lovecraft Country,’ but that’s not what I’m looking for
Escapism is not for us
The adaptation of the 2016 novel ‘Lovecraft Country’ tackles racism during the Jim Crow era with science fiction, but it also brings to light problems Black storytellers face today. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
‘Seeing Things in Black and White’ by Antoine K. Stroman
The Black experience is stranger than fiction
Despite its flaws, Antoine K. Stroman’s debut novella, ‘Seeing Things in Black and White,’ paints the Black experience in a multitude of colors. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan’ by Sarah Archer
Cultural identity through cats
Philadelphia author Sarah Archer’s new book, ‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan,’ is a perfect crossover for history buffs and cat lovers. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.