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Newly enlightened Paige is determined to forge a deliriously liberated world for her two wayward children: Isaac, on leave from the Marines under dubious circumstances; and Max, tender, jaded, and sculpting a third-sex gender identity for hirself. Hailed as “one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights” (American Theatre Magazine), Magic welcomes back renowned theatre artist Taylor Mac (The Lily’s Revenge) with this hilarious drama.
Taylor Mac (Playwright) has been named one of New York’s best theatre artists by the The New York Times, The New Yorker, American Theatre Magazine, The Village Voice (also naming Mr. Mac the best theatre actor in New York, 2013), Time Out NY (also naming him New York’s best cabaret performer of 2012 and a future legend of New York City). A playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter, Taylor’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center and The Public Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. Mr. Mac is the author of sixteen full-length plays and performance pieces including The Lily’s Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination for best solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award) and The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (Edinbrugh’s Festival’s Herald Angel Award). Mr. Mac’s plays have been published by Playscripts, Vintage Press, New York Theatre Review, and New York Theatre Experience and been the recipient of two Sundance Theatre Lab residences, three Map Grants, The Creative Capital Grant, The James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three GLAAD Media Award Nomination, two New York State Council of The Arts Grant, a Massachusetts Council of the Arts Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed Grant, and The Ensemble Studio’s Theatre’s New Voices Fellowship in playwriting. Mr. Mac is a graduate of both the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program, New Dramatists and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
Niegel Smith (Director)
Niegel Smith is a performance artist and theater director who sculpts social spaces into unique communal environments where we make new rituals, excavate our pasts and imagine future narratives. His walks have been produced by Elastic City, American Realness, the Prelude Festival, Abrons Arts Center, Visual AIDS, the Van Alen Institute and PS 122 and his theater by The Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, HERE Arts Center, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival, New York Fringe Festival and the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. He is a ringleader of Willing Participant an artistic activist organization that whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens, and in 2014 he will direct the world-premiere productions of Taylor Mac’s HIR at The Magic Theatre and of J. Julian Christopher’s Locusts Have No Kings at INTAR Theatre.
Smith was the associate director of the Tony Award winning musical FELA! - restaging that production in London, Lagos and its world tour, assistant directed the off-broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and both the broadway and off-broadway productions of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. He has worked on the artistic staffs of The Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company and Providence Black Rep and is a 35th Anniversary Artist-in-Residence at Second Stage Theatre.
Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth College, has received grants and fellowships from Theater Communications Group, the Van Lier Fund and the Tucker Foundation. Before surviving high school in Detroit, he grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, fishing with his dad, shopping with his mom and inventing tall-tale fantasies with his two younger brothers.
Ben Euphrat* (Isaac) is an actor, director, musician, and producer based in San Francisco and is thrilled to mark HIR as his Magic Theatre debut. Recent credits include Ideation at SF Playhouse, Good People at Marin Theatre Company, Learns a Lesson with Killing My Lobster, Status Update at Center REP, and direction for Assistance with OpenTab Productions, where he is co-founder and Artistic Director. He will be performing, writing and playing music in Twelfth Night, at Shotgun Players later this summer. He has also worked extensively in film and commercial; his latest feature Saltwater is coming out later this year. Ben plays the piano, drums and guitar, has studied improv with the Groundlings and IO West in Los Angeles, and has trained to be a corporeal mime. Follow him at beneuphrat.com.
Jax Jackson (Max) makes his Magic Theatre debut in Hir. Recent roles include Bo in the premier workshop of Merism with Stadium Praxis, Philadelphia; Jerry in Lesbian Love Octagon at Kraine Theatre, New York City; Jaq in the world premier ofTeddy Ferrara at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago; and Strapped with the Inconvenience, Chicago. Film roles include Jamie in Jamie and Jessie are Not Together; and Greta in Hannah Free. Jax holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Nancy Opel* (Paige) Recent: Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre, DC) On The Town (Barrington Stage). Broadway: Memphis, Gypsy (w/Patti Lupone),
Fiddler On The Roof, Urinetown (Tony nom.), Triumph Of Love, Anything Goes, Sunday In The Park With George, Evita, others. Off Broadway: The Toxic Avenger (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics, Lortel noms) My Deah (Obie Award), Polish Joke (Drama Desk, Lortel noms), Mere Mortals, All In The Timing, others. National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone TV: The Big C. all L&O’s. others. Singing/acting coach www.nancyopel.com
Mark Anderson Phillips* (Arnold) is happy to be back at Magic, where he was last seen in Family Butchers by Edna OʼBrien. Other Magic Theatre credits include True West (Austin), and the U.S. premiere of Stones in His Pockets (Jake). Recent work includes A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) at CenterREP, Aaron Loebʼs Ideation at SF Playhouse, Good People and Waiting for Godot at Marin Theatre Company, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus at San Jose Rep, Clybourne Park at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mark Jacksonʼs Salomania at Aurora Theatre, Double Indemnity at ACT Seattle and Time Stands Still at TheatreWorks. Other work includes roles with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Word for Word and SF Shakespeare Festival. Phillips has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress) and the New York International Fringe Festival (Abraham Lincolnʼs Big, Gay Dance Party, which won Best of Fringe). Directing credits include last seasonʼs The 39 Steps, at CenterREP. He will direct CenterREPʼs Sleuth next Spring. www.markandersonphillips.com
HIR Performance Schedule