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Midnight Theatricals and Park Theatre Present: Felicity Huffman in Hir by Taylor Mac

Multi award-winning actress Felicity Huffman, renowned for her roles in the 2005 film Transamerica and international hit television series Desperate Housewives, makes her UK stage debut in the revival of Hir, an explosive comedy by Taylor Mac opening at Park Theatre this February.

Emmy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman
(Desperate Housewives, Transamerica) makes her UK stage debut as the radical
matriarch Paige in Hir, a disarmingly funny and strikingly original comedy. Named
‘one of the most exciting theatre artists of our time’ by Time Out New York, Pulitzer
and Tony-nominee Taylor Mac explodes the dysfunctional family drama and
reinvents it for our times. Playing at Park Theatre from the 15 February to the 16
March 2024.

Felicity says of playing Paige: “Im honored to get to work with Steve Kunis and to perform at the Park Theatre. As an ardent fan of Taylor Mac I’m so thrilled I get to act in one of Taylor’s brilliant plays. I studied in London back in the palaeolithic era and it has been a dream of mine to come back here and work someday. Im a luckygal”

In a revival by critically acclaimed director Steven Kunis, Hir grapples with a family
in flux, as they attempt to build a brave new world out of pieces of the old. Isaac, the prodigal son (Steffan Cennydd) has returned home from the brutality of war, only to discover his family home transformed by domestic revolution. The patriarchy has fallen, and his mother Paige (Felicity Huffman) has been liberated from an oppressive marriage to Arnold (Simon Startin). Enlisting Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling Max (Thalía Dudek) as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to tear apart the old regimes – but in Taylor Mac’s funny and strikingly original comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

“Hir – pronounced “here”, the preferred gender pronoun of the play’s protagonist Max– reminds us of theatre’s potential: to be a brilliant conduit that makes ideas alive and accessible. 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 Australia (Review of Belvoir Street Theatre Sydney production) *****

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