ArtsWest And Intiman Team Up For Taylor Mac's HIR

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This month, ArtsWest and Intiman join forces to stage Taylor Mac's HIR, a fearless comedy about a household in revolt, from February 28 to March 25, 2018, with Intiman Artistic Director Jennifer Zeyl directing.

With HIR, MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning playwright Taylor Mac - whose pronoun is judy - channels the tumult of societal & cultural change into a whip-smart, side-splitting comedy about a family in the midst of deep transformation. As the play begins, Isaac, a veteran released on a dishonorable discharge, 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 Max as her ally - is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in this sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn't always free you from it.

This team-up marks the fourth production in ArtsWest's 2017-18 I Am Season - a season-long exploration of the theme of "identity" - and the start of Intiman's 2018 programming. Jennifer Zeyl, now Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre, will take the director's chair for the co-production of HIR.

HIR features a cast of four - Gretchen Krich, she/her (MY FAIR LADY - Village Theatre, A GREAT WILDERNESS - Seattle Repertory Theatre), Charles Leggett, he/him (BARBECUE, ANGELS IN AMERICA - Intiman), Adrian Kljucec, he/they (WHO'S AFRAID OF THE Virginia Woolf?, Mr. Burns: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY - University of Puget Sound), and Evan Barrett, he/him (WONDERLAND BRUNCH, The Can Can) - all making their ArtsWest debuts.

Rounding out the Creative Team are Assistant Director Hatlo, they/them (MATERIAL DEVIANCE IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CULTURE - On the Boards), Stage Manager Nina Williams, they/them (MARIO AND THE COMET - Seattle Children's Theatre), Lighting Designer Robert Aguilar, he/him (THE ODYSSEY - Seattle Repertory Theatre), Costume Designer Pete Rush, he/him (MOTHERS AND SONS - ArtsWest), Co-Scenic Designer Julia Welch, she/her (HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE - Seattle Repertory Theatre), Co-Scenic Designer Timothy White Eagle, he/him (24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC), Properties Master Andrea Spraycar, she/her (PEERLESS - ArtsWest), and Sound Designer Matt Starritt, he/him (ANGELS IN AMERICA - Intiman).

CAST Gretchen Krich, she/her (Paige) Charles Leggett, he/him (Arnold) Adrian Kljucec, he/they (Max) Evan Barrett, he/him(Isaac)

CREATIVE Jennifer Zeyl, she/her (Director) Julia Welch, she/her (Co-Scenic Designer) Timothy White Eagle, he/him (Co-Scenic Designer) Pete Rush, he/him (Costume Designer) Robert Aguilar, he/him (Lighting Designer) Matt Starritt, he/him (Sound Designer) Hatlo, they/them (Assistant Director) Nina Williams, she/her/they/them (Stage Manager) Silas James, he/him/his (Assistant Scenic Designer) Andrea Spraycar, she/her (Properties Master)

CULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Eddie DeHais, they/them Crystal Yingling, she/her Chase Anderson, he/him Kim Bogucki, she/her Constance Wilkinson, she/her Kyra Becker, she/her

About the Production HIR plays February 28 through March 25, 2018 at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116). Tickets (ranging from $17 - $38) may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs. - Sat. 2 -7:30pm.

ArtsWest is a vibrant center for both performing and visual arts located in the West Seattle Junction. This 149-seat theatre provides a unique setting for audiences and artists as stories of human emotion unfold in an intimate space. Winner of the American Theatre Wing's 2012 National Theatre Company Award, ArtsWest has produced such diverse work as Green Day'S AMERICAN IDIOT, CHINGLISH, last fall's critically acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS and the smash hit PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. ArtsWest produces artistic events that provoke conversation, incite the imagination and use live theater as a powerful agent of change. www.artswest.org

About Intiman Theatre Intiman Theatre is a professional theater company in Seattle, WA that boldly produces work that is relevant and continually wrestles with American inequities. Intiman won a Tony Award in 2006 for Outstanding Regional Theatre and has presented over 225 productions to Seattle audiences.

Over the last six years Intiman Festival has produced and celebrated untold stories, to include: Sara Porkalob's DRAGON LADYin 2017, 20 plays by Black women in 2016; Robert O'Hara's uproarious satire BOOTYCANDY in 2015; Tony Kushner's epic ANGELS IN AMERICA in 2014; the premiere of STU FOR SILVERTON, a new musical about the first openly transgender mayor in America in 2013; and MIRACLE! created and directed by Dan Savage, in 2012.



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