Parallel 45 Theatre and Crooked Tree Arts Center invite you to a series of free play readings featuring daring playwrights produced around the country and the world. Witness bold works written by notable playwrights and performed by some of our community's most talented actors and directors.
These one-night-only readings will reintroduce important, heavily-produced plays to our northern Michigan audience for a night of rediscovery and discussion. In holding a series of free readings for the greater theatre-loving public, we hope to include multiple voices in important, on-going conversations around race, religion, gender-identity and more.
Each reading concludes with a panel featuring artists and community members. Free admission. Complimentary wine.
HIR by Taylor Mac
Directed by Shelby Lewis and Nicholas Viox
Minda Nyquist, John Jarrad Klapko, and Karl Michael Hartley
“…sensational—in all senses of the word…[an] audacious and uproarious black comedy…Mac has his own gloriously skewed vision of the toxins fouling the American family from within, and in its avowedly loopy way HIR reflects current concerns about the decline of the middle class, as well as the trauma war veterans endure…brilliant writing…” —NY Times.
“…exuberant radicalism may not come as a complete surprise to fans of Taylor Mac’s previous work…But in HIR, the boundary-violating genderqueer playwright sets it within the relatively traditional form of a four-character, single-set domestic drama. The result is a dizzying theatrical Tilt-a-Whirl…Patently metaphorical and threaded with nervy satire...” —Time Out NY.