Hir

MAY 22-JUNE 18, 2017

  • By Taylor Mac
  • Directed by Shana Cooper
  • Two hours, including an intermission

Isaac, a veteran, returns to his childhood home and discovers that his family’s been transformed. His timid mother, freed from the constraints of her marriage, has begun a crusade to subvert the patriarchy, and his sister is now a genderqueer anarchist who uses the pronouns ze and hir. Meanwhile, his abusive father now wears clown makeup and downs estrogen pills…against his will.

Obie Award-winner Taylor Mac’s “audacious, uproarious black comedy” (New York Times) flips the script on gender power dynamics and asks a key question: does destroying the past really free you from it? It’s a sly kitchen-sink drama covered in glitter, and you’ll laugh your way through to an answer.

Featuring company members Emily Townley and Mitchell Hébert


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

New York Times

"Smart. Dark. Difficult. Deliberately disorienting."

New York Magazine

About the Playwright: Taylor Mac

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,” naming judy a future theater legend. The Village Voice named judy the Best Theater Actor in New York (2013) and Best Male Vocalist (2015). The New York Times says of Mac in general “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.”

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; published by Northwestern University Press and in American Theater magazine), 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), and in collaboration with Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman, and Paul Ford, Mac created The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, which judy is performing/touring with Mr. Patinkin.

Judy is the recipient of a Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, three Sundance Theater Lab residencies, three Map Grants, The Creative Capital Grant, two New York State Council of The Arts Grant, a Massachusetts Council of the Arts Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, and a Peter S. Reed Grant.  Mac is a proud alumnus of both the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program and New Dramatists.  Judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.

About the Director: Shana Cooper

Directing Credits: American Night, Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Unfortunates (World Premiere Musical), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew (California Shakespeare Theater); Camino Real (New York University MFA Program); Three Sisters (The Studio/New York); A Lie of the Mind (American Conservatory Theater MFA program);The Whale Play, Twelfth Night Parking Lot Project (New Theater House); The Ghost Sonata, Richard III (Yale School of Drama); Oklahoma (Hangar Theatre, associate director). Willamette Repertory Theatre, Sonoma Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater Student Company, Washington Shakespeare Festival, Amherst College, Willamette University (Guest Artist), Magic Theatre’s Young California Writer’s Project.

Other credits: Cofounded New Theater House with Yale School of Drama alumni; associate artistic director, California Shakespeare Theater (2000–2004).

Awards: 2010 Princess Grace Award, Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize in Directing (Yale School of Drama), Drama League Directing Fellow, TCG Observership Grant, OSF Phil Killian Directing Fellow, G. Herbert Smith Presidential Scholarship. 

Education: MFA in directing, Yale School of Drama.