TRUSTUS THEATRE announces AUDITIONS for…
HIR by Taylor Mac
directed by Lindsay Rae Taylor
June 1 – June 9
Auditions will be held on February 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, with callbacks on February 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a headshot and resume.
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
Paige Connor – 55 – Cisgender mother to Max and Isaac. Wife to Arnold. Main actions are to entertain, excite (with new information she’s discovered), and tear apart the old regimes.
Arnold Connor – 58 – Cisgender father to Max and Isaac. Husband to Paige. Main actions are those of an old dog: eat, sleep, and get comfortable. Arnold was an angry man but has had a stroke, which turned him into more of a clown – rather like a slower and older Harpo Marx. When he feels something, he expresses it, uncensored. In a heartbeat, he can switch from complete joy to complete sorrow and back again.
Isaac Connor – 24 – Cisgender son of Paige and Arnold. Brother to Max. Main actions are to assess the situation, assert himself, convert, and keep things under control. The action is, for Isaac, one long attempt at squashing down a major PTSD explosion. At times he is more successful than others (meaning he can almost relax), and he uses different, lighter tactics (including teasing), but ultimately he fails. There should be peaks and valleys, but a slow burn is what’s been crafted into the play.
Max Connor – 17 – Transgender child of Paige and Arnold. Sibling to Isaac. Main actions are to excite (with new information ze’s discovered), ward off attacks, showboat, raise hir status on the family totem pole, and stake hir intellectual territory. Ideally, the actor playing Max should be someone who was a biological female and now identifies as transgender or gender-queer.