by Taylor Mac
Directed by Niegel Smith
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street.
October 16, 2015 -
November 29, extended through December 20 2015 January 3, 2016
Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender brother as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.
The Script for HIR is available in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE. Please call or email to order.
Playwrights Horizons has announced casting for the second and third shows of the season, Taylor Mac's Hir and Marjorie Prime by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison. The new plays will be led by Tony nominees Kristine Nielsen and Lois Smith, respectively, joined by transgender teen actor Tom Phelan from the groundbreaking TV series "The Fosters."
The Off-Broadway premiere of Hir, a "subversive" comedy by Obie Award winner Mac and helmed by Niegel Smith, is led by Tony nominee and two-time Obie winner Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike). Nielsen plays a wife and mother who finds herself liberated from an oppressive marriage and "on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy," state press notes. Phelan is set to play her son, who is "newly out transgender," and his mother's ally.
September 11, 2015: Behind the Poster: ‘Hir’ —Erik Piepenburg, The New York Times >>
Bradford Louryk, the art director for the photo shoot and the design director for Playwrights Horizons: In the new dark comedy “Hir,” a soldier returns stateside after fighting in the Middle East to find a maelstrom back home, including a transgender brother and mother on a radically feminist mission. This being a play by Taylor Mac, the downtown writer and performer known for his flamboyant club-kid-meets-drag-mother persona, neither the patriarchy nor gender norms stand a chance.