Feb 28 – Mar 25 2018
February 28 – March 25
Two opening nights!
Wednesday, February 28 – INTIMAN Theatre by invitation
Thursday, March 1 – ArtsWest ticketed performance
By Taylor Mac
Co-produced with Intiman Theatre
Directed by Jennifer Zeyl
Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to enter a different warzone: a household in revolt. His mother, liberated from an oppressive marriage – with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally – is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy HIR, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.
“…sensational—in all senses of the word…[an] audacious and uproarious black comedy…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…brilliant writing…” —New York Times
FIRST LOOK: HIR
February 13 at 7:30pm
Join us on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm for a free First Look at Taylor Mac’s Hir, co-presented by ArtsWest and Intiman Theatre. At First Look, you’ll meet the director, members of the cast and creative team, and get an exciting peek inside the creative process of staging this remarkable play.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reserve seats now.
Apr 19 – May 13 2018
April 19 – May 13
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Brandon J. Simmons
In 1859, the handsome George arrives as heir apparent to Terrabonne, his late uncle’s slave plantation. There he quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon” – someone who is one-eighth Black – but the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans for both Terrebonne and Zoe. Nothing is sacred in this genre-bending work: race, identity and time are bent by the whims of AN OCTOROON’s audacious storytelling. Racial stereotypes both past and present are shattered in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ bold, imaginative re-envisioning of a 19th century antebellum drama as an urgent message for today.
Winner – 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play
“Super oxygenating—despite moments of palpable fear and disquiet, we leave feeling somehow healthier, as though the theater has given us a violent shake and a pep talk.” —Time Out (New York)