"Hir" at Defunkt Theatre

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Defunkt Theatre's "Hir" by Taylor Mac about a dysfunctional family riddled with inner conflict.

For their 17th season Defunkt Theatre kicks things off with "Hir" by Taylor Mac. Join James Dixon as he welcomes director Andrew Klaus-Vineyard and cast members Jim Vadalla and Paige McKinney as we discuss the show and Defunkt Theatre's upcoming season.

(Production photos by Rosemary Ragusa, set photo credit by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard)

(Airs 11am Tues 10/25/16 on KBOO 90.7FM.)


"Klaus-Vineyard and the cast have honored Mac’s play, but kicked it up a notch with their with great attention to making the characters’ internal conflicts seem real. Access is a theme around which much of Taylor Mac’s work revolves. Defunkt lets you in for a while to a version of Mac’s past, through a joy ride of the transformative power of play. "

Oregon Artswatch


"You may think you’ve seen just about every variation on the dysfunctional family play...unless you’ve seen “Hir,” the sensational — in all senses of the word — play by Taylor Mac, you cannot consider yourself an authority on this ever-enduring genre of American theater."

Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Defunkt Theatre presents Hir by Taylor Mac 
Directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard
October 7- November, 12, 2016
Thursdays - Sundays at 7:30 pm (no show Sunday, October 9)
At The Back Door Theater • 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR (enter through the Common Grounds Coffee Shop)
Pay-what-you-can on Thursdays and Sundays, Sliding Scale on Fridays and Saturdays

Defunkt is thrilled to bring one of the most celebrated and exciting plays of the past ten years to Portland. As Charles Isherwood of the New York Times writes “Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.…in his depiction of a semi-mad housewife with a transgender son, another son reeling from three years in combat in Afghanistan, and a husband whose disabling stroke has rendered him nearly speechless….” 

Defunkt’s own Andrew Klaus -Vineyard directs this Portland Premiere from a unique, exhilarating voice in American theater.

Reservations are encouraged as space is limited
For tickets:
visit defunktheatre.com or call 503 974 4938

Hir by Taylor Mac
Directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard
October 7-November 12, 2016 

Paige………….Paige McKinney
Arnold………..Anthony Green
Isaac…………..Jim Vadala
Max…………...Ruth Nardecchia

Design and Production Team:
Production Manager: Corey McCarey
Stage Manager: Jake Turner
Scenic Design: Lara A. Klingeman
Lighting Design: Vanessa Janson
Sound Design: Andrew Klaus-Vineyard*
Costumes: Elizabeth Parker
Props: Sarah Andrews
Consultant: Zed Jones
Hair/Makeup Design: Janet Price
Violence Design: David Gregory Bareford
PR and Outreach: Matthew Kern*
Defunkt Theatre Executive Director: Sarah Armitage*

(Poster Design by Aldo Perez)

*Defunkt Theatre Core Group

Special Post Show Events:

Saturday, October 29: "Families in Transition:" Join us for a post show discussion with special guest Reid Vanderburgh, author of Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity 

Hir presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Hir contains adult themes and language and is recommended for mature high school students and adults

Defunkt’s 2016-17 Season 17: On the Edge is presented with support from Ronni Lacroute/Willakenzie Estate, Ellyn Bye, and the James F and Marion L Miller Foundation.

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