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Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) is delighted to present the Utah premiere of HIR by Taylor Mac, a sensational dark comedy about a family in transition, playing February 7 – March 11, 2018.
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 sibling 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 New York Times hails HIR as “sensational—in all senses of the word…[an] audacious and uproarious black comedy” and asserts that “Mac has his own gloriously skewed vision of the toxins fouling the American family from within, and in its avowedly loopy way HIR reflects current concerns about the decline of the middle class, as well as the trauma war veterans endure.”
SLAC is proud to bring this outrageous and utterly timely piece to life with an all-local cast and creative team.
PLAYWRIGHT: Taylor Mac
DIRECTOR: Tracy Callahan
Austin Archer* — Isaac Connor
Liggera Edmonds-Allen — Max Connor
Richard Scott* — Arnold Connor
Christy Summerhays* — Paige Connor
Set Design — Cara Pomeroy
Costume Design — Spencer Potter
Lighting Design — Jesse Portillo**
Composer/Sound Design — Jennifer Jackson
Fight Director — Adriana Lemke
Stage Manager — Jennie Sant*
Construction Supervisor — Erik Reichert
Master Electrician — William Peterson
Assistant Costume Design — Mauri Hefley
Assistant Sound Design — Emily Chung
Assistant Lighting Design — Martin C. Alcocer
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
**The Lighting Designer of HIR is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the IATSE
Callahan says: “This present moment in history and in these characters’ lives is about transition. To think of America’s present moment as a transgender character, as someone going through transition and redefining language and understanding feels right. To think of the American family and this American family drama as a reflection of where we may be headed if we don’t open our minds and hearts to the changes and transformations that are filling our homes is, as Paige says in the play, ignoring a great ‘paradigm shift.’ Ultimately HIR is about family salvation and family escape. It is a tragedy wrapped up in Mac’s unique view of the world, full of humor that makes us wonder if we should laugh or cry.”
Utah audiences may be familiar with Mac’s work A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC, part of which was performed last year at Kingbury Hall through UtahPresents.
Throughout the run of HIR, SLAC is proud to partner with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Transgender Education Advocates of Utah. A free panel discussion on the themes of the play will be presented on Sunday, March 11 following the 1pm (beginning around 3:30pm) and is open to the public.
February 7 – March 11, 2018
Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27th & March 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
Salt Lake Acting Company – Main Theatre
168 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Call the Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri