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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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.

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.

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If you have tickets in hand already for Man in Snow, cancelled in the fall, you are all set to see HIR. You do not need to do anything with your tickets or make any further arrangements. Your Man in Snow tickets will be good at the door on the same night for HIR.

HIR sometimes recalls the better works of David Rabe, Sam Shepard and Christopher Durang. But Mr. Mac has his own gloriously skewed vision of the toxins fouling the American family from within, and in its avowedly loopy way HIR reflects current concerns about the decline of the middle class, as well as the trauma war veterans endure. – The New York Times

From the Director

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 what it is all four of these characters (and Mac as a playwright) 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. 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. “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.”

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
  • Matthew Ray – Production Stage Manager


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


  • 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


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