HIR

HIR

By Taylor Mac

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Mar. 9 – Apr. 1, 2018

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $29.50

Preview Performances: Mar. 7 – 8 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $15

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Synopsis

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mother. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, and with Isaac’s newly-out transgender sibling Max as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

About Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac (whose preferred gender pronoun is “judy”) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer considered to be one of the world’s leading theater artists. Taylor is considered a “critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), and has performed at Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Steppenworlf, the Sydney Opera House, the Spoleto Festival, and MOMA. Mac is a MacArthur Fellow (commonly referred to as the “Genius Grant”), a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, and is the recipient of multiple awards such as the Kennedy Prize, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim, and two Obies.

From the Director

The title, HIR, (pronounced “here”) refers to one a popular gender-free pronoun in the genderqueer community. “It’s not simply a reference to the character of Max,” says David M. Jenkins, “but a commentary on what it is all four of these characters are trying to do with masculinity. Mac sets up a very traditional, very familiar-feeling kitchen-sink play – one that is positively hilarious – and then spins it on its axis, or maybe better stated tries to burn it all down.

“I can’t wait to start casting. Paige, the mother, is a complete barn-burner of a role. I guarantee that whomever we find will have people talking for quite a while. The father does so much with very few words, and of course the siblings Max and Isaac offer great opportunities for two young actors, one of whom is trans. The style is described as ‘absurd realism,’ but the emphasis here is on the real. Mac requires that any absurdity in the show be driven by the reality of the situation, only moving to an absurd level because of the extreme circumstances.”

Show Times

Wed., Mar. 7, 2018
  • HIR - Preview
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Thu., Mar. 8, 2018
  • HIR - Preview
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Fri., Mar. 9, 2018
  • HIR – Opening Night
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
  • HIR
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sun., Mar. 11, 2018
  • HIR
    4:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Associate Director
  • Matthew Ray – Production Stage Manager

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Arnold
  • Roxanne Fay – Paige
  • Robert Spence Gabriel – Isaac
  • J. Salem Brophy – Max

Crew

  • Teah Banks – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Samantha Ehrnman – Charge Artist
  • Ryan Finzelber – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Finn Lefevre – Dramaturg
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

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