Hir by Taylor Mac
– New York Times
– San Francisco Gate
Capital T presents
by Taylor Mac
Directed by Delanté Keys
No performance on Sunday Jan 22
Thursday – Sunday at 8pm
The Off Center 2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX
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 has become a trans male 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.
Capital T is proud to present the regional premiere of this dysfunctional dark comedy starring Nate Jackson, Jay Byrd, Dilon Yrugas and Roxy Becker under the direction of Delanté Keys.
Running Time: 2 hours including one fifteen-minute intermission.
Taylor Mac- Playwright
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 New Yorker says, “One of contemporary theater’s more unforgettable performances.” 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’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 Sodra Theatern, 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; published by North Western 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.
Recent acting roles include Shen Teh/Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of “Good Person of Szechwan” at La Mama and the Public Theater (for which judy received Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations), Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, and the title role in various productions of judy’s play, “The Lily’s Revenge”.
Mac is currently creating a 24-hour durational concert called, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” as well as a Dionysia Festival of four original plays (to be premiered separately and eventually performed in repertory), which deal in some way with our cultural polarization and that include: an all-ages play called, “The Fre” (commissioned by the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, premiere date TBD); a kitchen-sink tragedy named, “Hir” (which received its world premiere at the Magic Theater in Feb 2014); a dance-theater play, “The Bourgeois Oligarch”, and a music theatre debate regarding small and large government, set inside an Ezra Pound poem, in the subconscious of Clarence Thomas, during a Supreme Court Hearing.
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.
DIRECTIONS TO THE OFF CENTER