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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

Media Cast & Crew Patron Reviews Season Season Tickets

Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated

  • Outstanding Director of a Play – David M. Jenkins

HIR: brilliant, hysterical, and heartbreaking … Taylor Mac and Jobsite remind us why we go to the theater … as close to perfect as I think I’ve seen in a long, long time. There’s so much to say about this show, so many funny and tender and painful bits, but rather than me explain them, please go see for yourself. Creative Loafing

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Breathlessly entertaining and awesomely disturbing … a masterpiece with an extraordinary cast … It is why we go to the theater. – BroadwayWorld

a hilarious, heartbreaking take on family in transition … The Jobsite Theater production directed by David Jenkins is one of the best to grace a Tampa Bay stage in a long time. – Tampa Bay Times

(L-R) Robert Spence Gabriel, Salem Brophy and Ned Averill-Snell in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.) Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan under unusual circumstances to help take care of his ailing father, who once ruled the house with an iron first, 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. It leaves so many of our so-called normative and progressive ideas about gender, family, the middle class — and cleaning — in hilarious and ultimately tragic disarray.

Thank-you!

HIR is sponsored in part by Richard Bullis and Anthony Woodworth as well as the benefactors of Circle in the Water, LLC.

Why Did We Pick It?

HIR represents another in a long line of edgy, smart, highly relevant plays that not only speak to our mission but the pulse of the nation. It deftly walks that line between high comedy and high tragedy. As many know, we chose this as a replacement to Man in Snow, and what better kind of message to make then to replace it with a play that speaks to heteronormative power and the need to disrupt the current system?

Why Should You Care?

Robert Spence Gabriel and Salem Brophy in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.)Jenkins elaborates: “In addition to the Buried Child comparisons HIR has, in my estimation, taken its place alongside great American family dramas like Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Little Foxes, A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Fences. It truly represents our day and age in ways audiences will continue to look back to for decades, if not centuries.”

Talkbacks

Join us on 3/15 and 3/22 for a post-show talkback with the cast. Free for ticket holders, stick around for an engaging and entertaining conversation on the themes presented by the play and learn more about the process of staging this production. The 3/15 talk is moderated by Straz Center marketing manager Zachary Hines and the 3/22 talkback is moderated by director David Jenkins with special commentary from dramaturg Finn Lefevre.

From the Director

(L-R) Robert Spence Gabriel, Roxanne Fay and Ned Averill-Snell in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.) The title, HIR, (again, pronounced “here”) refers to a genderqueer pronoun. “It’s not simply a reference to the character of Max,” says David M. Jenkins, “but a commentary on the moment we’re all living in and the very idea of home (as in, literally the idea of “here.”). 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. 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.” In an interview with the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, where the show enjoyed a highly successful run after the New York engagement at Playwrights Horizons (and where Annie Baker’s The Flick, produced earlier this year, also premiered), Taylor Mac says that he was highly inspired by Sam Shepard’s groundbreaking Buried Child.

About the Playwright

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.

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Ned Averill-Snell in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.)Roxanne Fay in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.)Salem Brophy and Roxanne Fay in Jobsite's HIR. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.)

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Cast & Crew

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

Cast

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

Crew

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

Patron Reviews

Via Email

Another wonderful show, the kind I like to say brings people to the theatre. The absurdity of the opening act is wonderfully funny and we feel as if we’re in some kind of slapstick compendium, where funny situation follows funny situation. “Close the door” is brilliant and handled so well by Roxanne and Ned. I love watching them work. But then, in act two … everything changes, and we’re in that “oh, shit,” place where all the funny feelings of the first act need to go away quickly, because now we understand what’s going on and, well, it is just plain uncomfortable. As it is supposed to be. – Ben Graffam

I want to congratulate you on HIR. That show was amazing. They actors are all phenomenal and they told a very difficult story with truth, love and honesty. – Susan Belvo

Thank You for including HIR in your lineup this season. It is one of my favorites, and one that continues to engage us in conversation. The cast was amazing, as we have come to expect, but it was you who gave them this material to work with. My faves so far are The Tempest and Hir. Looking forward to 1984, and we’ll renew for next year. – Tasha Vincent

Via Facebook

Thank you for putting forth such a bold and challenging piece of theater. You broke my brain, but I feel better for it. Excellent work from everyone! – Eddie Gomez

HIR has had a weird, sticky, lovely place in my heart for quite some time now. I am thankful for Jobsite Theater for producing this very human and thankfully very GAY show and for proving once again that Ned really can do pretty much anything while the rest of us merely try. – Nick Hoop

HIR is very well written. The story is fresh yet as classic as Greek tragedy. But it is the performances of the four actors that make this production second to none. One expects Roxanne M Fay to knock your socks off but in this show, she simply knocks you out entirely. When she isn’t making you laugh she is giving you nightmares. Ned Averill-Snellproves that you don’t have to say a word to move an audience to tears. Who else would be so fearless and egoless and wear a red dress so well? The two newcomers, Robert Gabriel and Salem Brophy are an exciting addition to the Jobsite ensemble. I hope we see a lot more of them in seasons to come. – Clare Ward-Jenkins

Thank you for putting forth such a bold and challenging piece of theater. You broke my brain, but I feel better for it. Excellent work from everyone! – Eddie Gomez

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