Taylor Mac Withdraws Hir From Studio Theatre's 2014-15 Season

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03 Apr 2014

Studio Theatre will not present Taylor Mac's play Hir as part of its upcoming season due to a misunderstanding about the direction of the play, the Washington Post reports.

Mac's play, in which a character adopts a third gender identity, was scheduled to be part of the Washington DC-based theatre's 2ndStage program. It had previously been mounted in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre, directed by Niegel Smith, and the Post reports that Mac had wanted Smith to also direct the Studio Theatre production.

Studio artistic director David Muse chose Holly Twyford to direct Hir.

"They announced it before talking to me," Mac told the Post. "Niegel has been working on this play with me for the last two years. We just still feel that the play and our process with it have some more work to do." Mac said his decision was not related to Twyford's directorial skills.

According to the Post, Muse decided to find a substitute play for Twyford, rather than try to rework the schedule to accommodate Mac and his desired director, explaining, "We're in dialogue with Holly about what her next project will be. And we will be happy to work with Taylor at some point in the future."



Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist and sometime director and producer. His full-length plays include The Fre, Hir, The Walk Across America For Mother Earth and The Young Ladies Of.

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