More than a dark comedy about gender, HIR is set to make its debut on Trustus Theatre’s Main Stage this June as the theatre continues to bring thought-provoking, conversation-starting pieces to their Season 33, “Eyes Open.” This play will open in Trustus Theatre’s Side Door Theatre on Friday, June 1 and will have a limited run through Saturday, June 9. Tickets may be purchased at www.trustus.org, or by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732.
Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father who’s had a stroke. Isaac has developed PTSD, and when he finds his childhood home in revolt upon his return, his challenges increase. His mother, now liberated from an oppressive marriage, is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling (and their mother’s greatest ally) is also ready to educate Isaac on all he’s missed while he’s been away in regards to gender issues. The world Isaac knew as “home” no longer exists. In Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, we begin to see that attempting to annihilate the past doesn’t always free you from it.
HIR was written by Taylor Mac and will be directed by director Lindsay Rae Taylor. Tristan Pack will play Isaac, Ripley Thames will play Arnold, Isaac’s father; Libby Campbell will play Paige, Isacc’s mother; and Sebastion Liafsha will play Max, Isaac’s sibling.
“I love the boldness of Taylor Mac’s script and am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work on it,” Lindsay Rae Taylor said. “It is so relevant and gritty with edgy dialogue and broad characters. It is an important piece of theatre and it has been soon satisfying breaking it down with the actors and bringing HIR to life. The cast is an absolute dream. They are all exceptional artists and they have a generosity of spirit that is so necessary for this process. They are not afraid to take risks and they have been so playful in our exploration. They have discovered the depth of these characters with humility and ease, while also jumping at every opportunity to make the room laugh.
“At its core, HIR explores familial relationships. It also addresses the decline of the middle class, as Taylor Mac says ‘where the American Dream got stuck in an American reality.’ This play touches on so many timely themes associated with a dysfunctional family and otherwise—adultery, alcoholism, drug abuse, physical abuse, gender identity, war veteran PTSD, feminism… I am most certainly leaving something out. Taylor Mac goes for it, leaving no controversial stone unturned.”
HIR will run from Friday, June 1 through Saturday, June 9, 2018 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Trustus Theatre Box Office at 803-254-9732 or online at trustus.org. Tickets are $25 each for general admission and are $20 each for students. Opening night is Friday, June 1, at 8pm. The performances following are on Saturday, June 2 at 8pm; Sunday, June 3, at 3pm; Wednesday, June 6, at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 7, at 7:30pm; Friday, June 8, at 8pm; Saturday, June 9, at 2pm; and Saturday, June 9, at 8pm. A Talk-Back with cast and panelists will follow the performance on Sunday, June 3.