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HIR

Closed August 20, 2017

A searing and uproarious masterwork for this cultural moment.

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Why See HIR?

A steppenwolf premiere by Taylor Mac!

First making its premiere in 2015 at Playwrights Horizons, Taylor Mac's comedy drama won plaudits from critics for its searing portrayal of family upheaval, as well as introducing American audiences to the concept of the "kitchen-sink drama", a well-known genre seen in both film and theatre in Great Britain. Taylor Mac, who uses the gender pronoun, judy (lower case), first debuted with their 2012 cabaret act in New York, and from that became an actor to look out for. They have since ventured into the world of writing, with Mac's works receiving both critical acclaim and awards; two such notable examples include The 2010 Obie Award-winning The Lily's Revenge and companion piece, Red Tide Blooming, winner of the Ethyl Eichelberger Award.

What is it about?

Hir follows an ex-soldier who has returned to the familial home to care for his sick father. What he doesn't expect however, is to find the household in uproar, thanks to his mother, who has discovered a new lease of life. With his father Arnold now physically and mentally crippled after a huge stroke, he has been forced to wear a pink nightgown and to take estrogen pills as revenge for years of abuse, by Isaac's mother, Paige.She in the meantime has abandoned the cooking and cleaning, and has gotten herself a new job, her first in years. And to add to the chaos, Isaac's brother Max is transitioning, and now identifies as genderqueer. Who ever said that nothing ever changes at home....and that total change was always a positive thing?

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Additional Information

Dates

Previews from: 30 June 2017

Opening night: 10 July 2017

Audience

Suitable for ages 14+

Run time

Two hours including a 15-minute intermission

And before you stop reading

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Cast and Creative

Cast

Francis Guinan
Amy Morton
Em Grosland
Ty Olwin

Creative

Written by Taylor Mac
Directed by Hallie Gordon
Scenic Design by Collette Pollard
Costume Design by Jenny Mannis
Lighting Design by Ann G. Wrightson
Sound Design and Original Music by Richard Woodbury
Vocal Coaching by Gigi Buffington
Artistic Producer - Anna D. Shapiro
Casting by JC Clementz
Stage Manager - Laura D. Glenn
Assistant Stage Manager - Mary Hungerford

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