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HIR runs May 17 through Jun 17

HIR


Performance: May 17 through Jun 17, 2018
Opening Night Reception: Following the performance May 17, 2018
By: Taylor Mac

"A remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy with a daring combination of realism and madcap absurdity." - New York Times

HIR runs
May 17 through Jun 17
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00

Picture if you will, the classic American family. A son in the military, a tomboyish daughter, a typical housewife mom, a Joe-the-Plumber father. But in Taylor Mac's subversive and outrageous comedy, HIR, this archetypal group gets completely turned inside-out in a 5-week regional premiere run at Stage West beginning Thursday, May 17.

Isaac is a former soldier, dishonorably discharged after three years with the Mortuary Division, where he picked up body parts. And now, longing for something familiar, stable, and safe, he returns home. But while he's been gone, the home-and-family he remembers have taken a hard left turn. His sister, Max, is in transition to become his brother, taking hormones and using the gender neutral pronouns "ze" and "HIR". His difficult father Arnold has had a stroke, and sits on the couch in a nightgown and make up. And his mother, on a mission to upend the old regimes, joyously frees herself from order and chores with total abandon. As Isaac endeavors to restore structure to a household that he does not recognize, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past.

With HIR, Taylor Mac has taken that staple of the American stage - the family drama, made famous by the likes of Arthur Miller, William Inge, Sam Shepard, and Eugene O'Neill, among others - and has tilted its axis and dipped it in glitter. It's absolutely a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience! (Note: contains adult themes and strong language. HIR is pronounced "here.")

The New York Times called it "A remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy with a daring combination of realism and madcap absurdity."

Taylor Mac (who uses "judy", lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer. "A critical darling of the New York scene" (NY Magazine), TimeOut NY has called Mac "One of the most exciting theater artists of our time." Judy's work has been performed at New York City's Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, Los Angeles's Royce Hall, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston's American Repertory Theatre, Stockholm's SodraTheatern, the Spoleto Festival, San Francisco's Curran Theater, and MOMA, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. Judy is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance pieces including HIR (placed on the top ten theater of 2015 lists of The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY), The Lily's Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America For Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago's Jeff Award nomination for best solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award), The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (Edinburgh Festival's Herald Angel Award); in collaboration with Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman and Paul Ford, Mac created The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. Mac is the recipient of multiple awards including the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Award, the Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and an Obie. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and the resident playwright at the Here Arts Center.

HIR will be directed by Stage West Associate Producer Garret Storms, who most recently directed our production of Like a Billion Likes. Returning vet Isaac will be played by Blake McNamara, last seen at Stage West as Woodnut in The Nether, with Bob Hess, recently seen as Mr. Bennet/Charlotte in the WaterTower Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice, as Arnold. Making their Stage West debuts will be Cara Statham Serber, acclaimed for her role as Marilyn Nesbitt in Superman for Dallas Theater Center, as Paige, and Zander Pryor, noted for his performance as Oliver in The Tribute Artist for Uptown Players, as Max.

Set design is by Clare Floyd DeVries, with lighting design by Leann Burns, costume design by Laurie Land, sound design by John Flores, puppet design by Kyle Igneczi, and props/set decor by Lynn Lovett.

HIR will preview Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 and Friday, May 18 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, June 17. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. The opening night reception will be Saturday, May 19. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised). Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org

Additionally, we will be holding Post Show Conversations following every HIR performance beginning Sun, May 20. As playwright Taylor Mac says, "You can come and you don't have to decide how you feel about it...You could actually go to it and say, 'Oh, it's talking about these issues. Let me think about these issues for the rest of my life now'."

Alongside our production of HIR, Stage West will have three special events:
  • We kick this all off with The HIR Happy Hour on Friday, May 11 from 5 to 7. Join us for an introduction to the show from the cast and director. Party Poet Shae Lynn Shaw will be writing custom haiku for you on her vintage typewriter. We'll have snarky coloring pages provided for your diversion, as always, as well as cheap beer & free snacks. Try our drink of the show The Hir Kir.

  • In the tradition of Taylor Mac, Dallas performance artist Brigham Mosley brings drag and drama to Stage West! Mosley's original premiere Critical, Darling! dismantles the patriarchy and queers up your childhood - a jukebox-musical of the performance-art-sort. Wednesday, Jun 17 at 7:30. brigham-mosley.com

  • HIR playwright Taylor Mac said a production of Buried Child was a catalyst for the play. We will have a free screening of the Sam Shepherd's classic American drama Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm in the Studio at Stage West courtesy of BroadwayHD.com


Cast:
Paige - Cara Statham Serber*
Arnold - Bob Hess*
Isaac - Blake McNamara**
Max - Zander Pryor

* Member, Actors Equity Association ** Equity Membership Candidate

 


STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Our 2017-2018 Season

Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 39th season!  The new season will offer six plays plus a season extra, and patrons purchasing season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season extra. It’s an exciting mix of shows, featuring fresh takes on classics, can’t-miss regional premieres, and a world premiere.

  Here it is:

Life Sucks.
by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya
Regional premiere
October 12 - November 12
Directed by Emily Scott Banks
Life is, like, really hard. It's tough being the gorgeous woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the cavernous depth of his own failings. A quirky and deeply human new installment in the Chekhov cycle from the playwright of Stupid F*cking Bird - full of all the delight and charm that love and longing can inspire.
“Altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source”  - Chicago Sun-Times

Season Extra:
An Act of God
by David Javerbaum
Regional premiere
November 30 - December 31
Directed by Harry Parker, and starring B.J. Cleveland
Direct from the pearly gates, and flanked by His ever-faithful and devoted archangels, the Almighty Himself is back to set the record straight and answer the deepest questions plaguing humanity since Creation. In this hilarious, no holds barred, irreverent, and critically acclaimed new play, God takes the stage to deliver a new and improved set of Commandments that are sure to have audiences rolling in their seats with side-splitting glee while providing angel-food for thought.
“Sinfully funny!” - Vanity Fair

Like a Billion Likes
by Erik Forrest Jackson
World premiere
January 18 - February 11
Directed by TBD
Misty Riggs is a nobody. No, really, she is - that's an undisputed fact. But just as she's starting sophomore year, she gets the notion she should try to stand out somehow before it's too late. Misty's gambit, however, only cements her loserdom, and after one blow too many, she makes a final, desperate bid for glory - the terrible culmination of her burning desire to be recognized for something, anything, no matter how she achieves it.
Winner of the 2016 Southwest Playwriting Competition

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City
by Halley Feiffer
Regional premiere
March 8 - April 1
Directed by Lee Trull
A slouchy, foul-mouthed young comedian and an overwhelmed middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are unexpectedly brought together when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Tensions rise and gauntlets are thrown, but appearances may be deceiving. Through confessions, fights, and uproariously inappropriate jokes, these two unwittingly invest in each other and help to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. A boisterously brazen story of the strength it takes to learn to laugh through pain.
  “A play that is as deeply felt as its name is long.” - The New York Times

HIR
by Taylor Mac
Regional premiere
May 17 - June 17
Directed by TBD
After returning from the wars, Isaac arrives at his childhood home to discover that the house and family he knew have been upended. His once-timid mother is on a wHIRlwind crusade to subvert the patriarchy, his sister is now his genderqueer brother who refers to HIRself in gender-neutral pronouns. Meanwhile, his stroke-ridden father slumps on the couch in a muumuu and clown makeup. As Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past.
"A remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy with a daring combination of realism and madcap absurdity." - New York Times

Don't Dress for Dinner
by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
July 12 - August 12
Directed by Christie Vela
  Hilarity and hijinks ensue when Bernard invites his mistress over for a weekend romp while his wife Jacqueline is meant to be away. But when Jacqueline discovers Bernard's friend Robert is also coming over, she decides to stay. Robert is supposed to be Bernard's alibi for the weekend, but he is also Jacqueline's secret lover. By the time the mistress and the cook show up, trysts and sweet-nothings are postponed as mar?ital treachery, mistaken identities, and madcap chaos take hold in an evening of adulterous mirth.
"Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.” - The Guardian

An Octoroon
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Regional premiere
August 30 - September 30
Directed by Akin Babatundé
The Terrebonne plantation is in upheaval - the Master has died. ?His naïve young nephew tries to hold things together, but the evil neighbor is out to buy the land. Meanwhile, the slaves chat and gossip, and the beautiful, young ward of the estate has a secret that will change everything. Based on a controversial classic, this Obie Award winning play is part period satire and part meta-theatrical middle finger - it's a provocative and moving challenge to the racial climate of ?"the land of the free?"? in both the antebellum South and today.
“Hilarious and harrowing... This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times

 
Visit Stage West:

Season tickets range in price from $135 to $175 with discounts for students, seniors, and teachers. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may purchase up to 2 tickets for Ann at $25 apiece.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be available online at www.stagewest.org/season-tickets

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