The Canadian premiere of Taylor Mac’s Hir was seen on the Annex stage in Vancouver in November 2018.
Audiences around the world are celebrating Taylor Mac’s timely and darkly comedic interpretation of the classic dysfunctional family—one that’s both conventional in its domestic setting and incendiary in its vibrant theatricality. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac, the eldest son of Paige and Arnold, has returned from the wars only to discover a household in revolt. Arnold, the patriarch, has become disabled, leaving Paige liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage. Isaac’s younger sibling Max, is a newly out transgender teen with a thing or two to teach the world. And Isaac? He has to come to terms with where his loyalties really live.
Named “one of the most exciting theatre artists of our time,” by Time Out NY, Mac is the author of 17 full-length plays and performance pieces including Hir, which placed on the top 10 theatre of 2015 lists of The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY.
I was deeply satisfied with our production and very proud of everyone involved.
Playwright: Taylor Mac
Director: Richard Wolfe
Featuring: Deb Williams, Victor Dolhai, Jordan Fowlie, and Andrew Wheeler.
Costume Design: Carmen Alatorre
Lighting Design: Alan Brodie
Set Design: Patrick Rizzotti
Props Master: Stella Jesselle Garciano
Sound Designer/Composer: Mishelle Cuttler
Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Stage Manager: Marijka Asbeek Brusse
Assistant Stage Manager: Sammie Hatch
Dates: Nov 22nd (Preview), Nov 23 (Opening) – 24th, November 27th – December 1st, and December 4th – 8th at 8pm, November 24th & 25th, December 1st, 2nd & 8th at 3pm
We also programmed some ancillary events around the play. We had a speakers series that looked at the following subjects:
Dark Times, Dark Comedy – December 1st at 5pm
Art Beyond the Binary – December 2nd at 5pm