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"[Mac's] humor, particularly in this dazzling whirlwind of a production, plays out in ways that are as chilling as they are exuberant...'absurd realism' at its best!" —Berkshire Eagle

"Hir" is a blisteringly funny, smart and even important work...explodes convention, blurs genres and defies categorization...a superlative production”The Albany Times Union

“Though the cast is uniformly excellent, Aspenlieder shines brightest among otherwise equals with a comedic acumen that has never been better”The Albany Times Union

"Exhilarating and stimulting...Those bold, brave, and open enough to sit in the discomfort that may come with looking at things from diverse points of view will be rewarded with a rich, and very real perspective on the world in which we live." Broadway World

“Brilliant...This intriguing comedy will make you laugh, make you shudder, make you tear up a bit...Kudos for the company producing, presenting and being presented in it...It will open your mind”Berkshire Edge

“Kudos to the company and its magnificent actors” Berkshire Fine Arts

"Hir doesn’t merely explore themes of gender fluidity, queer theory and the subversion of toxic masculinity, because that would be dull. It lightens the weight of concepts that many find foreign or fraught, places them in a family setting and detonates them. Shrapnel flies everywhere." —The Guardian

“Every decade is about a community that is being built as a result of being torn apart.“—Taylor Mac. Isaac returns home from the war in Afghanistan only to discover a household in revolt. His mom, liberated from an abusive marriage, with a now ailing husband, and Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, crusades to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, we learn that annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

“Without question, a major dramatic work of the 21st-century American theater.”
— The Chicago Tribune

*Contains strong language; recommended for audiences 13 and older.

Generously sponsored by Claudia Perles.

Photos & Videos

Director Alice Reagan talks about HIR by Taylor Mac

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Adam Huff. Photo by Eloy Garcia

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jack Doyle, Adam Huff. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware-Ware

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Adam Huff. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware-Ware

Adam Huff, Jack Doyle, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden. Photo by Eloy Garcia

John Hadden, Adam Huff. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware-Ware

Jack Doyle. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware-Ware

Adam Huff, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden, Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware-Ware

John Hadden, Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware

John Hadden, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Adam Huff. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware

Artists

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(Paige)

twenty-second season. S&Co: Over 40 productions, including: God of Carnage; Mother of the Maid; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Parasite Drag; Merry Wives of Windsor; Winter’s Tale; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Ice Glen; Bad Dates (Elliot Norton Award Best Solo Performance);

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Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Vocal Coach)

thirty-fifth season (Producing Associate; Director, Pride and Prejudice; Vocal Coach, Macbeth, As You Like It) S&Co: Mom (Ugly Lies the Bone); Mistress Quickly (Henry IV Pts. 1 & 2); Goneril (King Lear); Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing); Elizabeth (Richard III); Audrey (As You Like It); Hippolyta (Midsummer

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Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle

(Max)

Originally from Hartford, Jack is delighted to be back home at Shakespeare & Company for his first turn on a main stage! S&Co: Romeo (Mercutio’s Tale), Macbeth (STI); London: Artistic Director (Transgender Shakespeare Company), Ren (Stars), Theseus/Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hippolito (The Revenger’s Tragedy), Feste (Twelfth Night);

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John Hadden

John Hadden

(Arnold)

Founding Member. John Hadden is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, was co-founder/artistic director of Counterpoint Theater (Boston), artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Co., and associate artist with We Players (San Francisco). He is a two-time “Berkie” winner who has worked as an actor/director/teacher for

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Adam Huff

Adam Huff

(Isaac)

fourth season. S&Co: Victor (Private Lives), Florindo (The Servant of Two Masters), Demetrius/Bottom (Midsummer S&Co Tour), Philip the Bastard (King John); New York: Henriquez (Double Falsehood), Bertram (All’s Well That Ends Well), Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice), Joe (Bachelorette), Pisanio (Cymbeline); Regional: Hamlet (Hamlet), Laertes/Guildenstern/Ghost/Player King (Hamlet), Slender

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Amy Altadonna

Amy Altadonna

(Sound Designer)

fourth season (Sound Designer, Heisenberg, HIR, Creditors) S&Co: 4000 Miles, The Wharton Comedies, God of Carnage, Or, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Taming, The Unexpected Man, Red Velvet. NYC: Cal in Camo, Dry Land, Seven Minutes in Heaven, Recall, Everything is Ours (Colt Coeur), Don’t You F**cking

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Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac

(Playwright)

(Playwright, HIR) Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer. Judy’s work has been performed at the Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, Royce Hall, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater,

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Carolyn Mraz

Carolyn Mraz

(Set Designer)

first season (Set designer, HIR) Carolyn Mraz is a Brooklyn-based theater designer. Favorite recent NYC designs include: Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin), {my lingerie play} (Rattlestick), Beardo (Pipeline), Of Government (Clubbed Thumb), I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr, Hewes nomination), Charlatan (Ars Nova), Spaceman

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Charlotte Palmer-Lane

(Costume Designer)

second season (Costume designer, Heisenberg, HIR) Recent credits – Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, The Three Musketeers, The Liar, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, An Iliad, As You Like It, Our Town, The General from America. Pennsylvania Shakespeare: Blithe Spirit. Mint

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Alice Reagan

Alice Reagan

(Director)

second season (Director, HIR) S&Co: Or,. Other directing credits: Grounded by George Brant (Dobama Theatre); Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Profile Theatre); Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek (Boom Arts); Enter THE NIGHT by Maria Irene Fornes (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble); The Miser by Molière (Brave New

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Fran Rubenstein

(Stage Manager)

sixth season (Stage Manager for Morning After Grace and HIR; Assistant Stage Manager, Heisenberg) S&Co: 4000 Miles,The Wharton Comedies, Sotto Voce, The Taming, An Iliad, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Heroes. NYC credits include: God of Carnage, Se Llama Cristina, 17 Orchard Point, The Preacher & the Shrink,

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Deb Sullivan

(Lighting Designer)

second season (Lighting Designer, HIR) Deb Sullivan is a Boston-based lighting designer and production manager. Previously with S&Co: Cymbeline. Off-Broadway: The Ruby Sunrise, The Human Scale (The Public Theater/NYSF), OR (Women’s Theatre Project). Regional: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity

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