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Arthur Darvill to lead cast of Taylor Mac's Hir at the Bush Theatre
Cast announced for the UK premiere
The Bush Theatre have today announced casting for the UK premiere of Hir by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac which runs at their West London venue from 15 June to 22 July 2017.
Arthur Darvill will play Isaac alongside Griffyn Gilligan as Max, Ashley McGuire as Paige and Andy Williams as Arnold.
"Isaac gets home from serving in the marines to find war has broken out back home. Fed up with her broken American Dream, mom Paige has stopped washing, cleaning and caring for their ailing father. Once the breadwinner, dad Arnold has suffered a stroke and toppled from the head of the household to a mere puppet in the new regime. Ally to their mother is Isaac’s sibling Max. Only last time Isaac checked, Max was Maxine. In Central Valley, in a cheap house made of plywood and glue, notions of masculinity and femininity become weapons with which to defeat the old order. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it."
Hir is written by Taylor Mac and directed by Nadia Fall. It features designs by Ben Stones, lighting design by Eliott Griggs and sound design by Elena Peña.
The play originally ran at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York from 16 October 2015 to 3 January 2016 where it was described as "a crackling production of a remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy" by the New York Times. The London premiere is the second production in The Bush Theatre's new season.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac is a multi-award-winning writer and performance artist at the forefront of alternative responses to American culture. Author of seventeen full-length plays, Mac won rave reviews for the extraordinary 24 hour durational concert, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which reframed and re-enacted 240 years of US history.
Arthur Darvill is best known for his roles in the television series 'Doctor Who' and 'Broadchurch'. His stage credits include Treasure Island (National Theatre), Once (West End/ Broadway), Our Boys and Swimming With Sharks (West End) and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Hir tickets are on sale to 22 July 2017.