Off-Broadway Opening: THE HANG (HERE Mainstage)

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by Gregory Bernard on December 24, 2021

in Theater-New York

The Obie Award-winning company HERE is co-presenting with PROTOTYPE, The Hang, featuring book and lyrics by Taylor Mac, music by Matt Ray and directed by Niegel Smith. Performances begin on January 20, 2022 on the HERE Mainstage (145 Sixth Avenue, NY, NY 10013) for a run through Sunday February 20, 2022.

The Hang is a ritual celebration of queerness, questions, and the eternity of the moment. Rooted in the jazz tradition and operatic form, it imagines the final hours of Socrates’ life as he asks his friends to stay with him a little while longer. The Hang imagines these final moments as a centuries-long communal consideration of virtue (full of all styles of food, jazz, dance, debates, and queer romps). Through this foray into the calamities of our past intelligentsia, Taylor MacMatt Ray and their collaborators invite the audience to their party and create a performance, which advocates for a more inclusive and joyous world.

The The Hang band includes Matt Ray on Keys, Gary Wang on Bass, Joel E. Mateo on Drums, J. Walter Hawkes on Trombone, Lisa Parrott on Alto Saxophone, Greg Glassman on Trumpet, Jessica Lurie on Baritone & Tenor Saxophone and Jonathan Beshay on Tenor Saxophone.

The cast of The Hang will include Taylor MacKenneth ArdEl Beh, Ryan ChittaphongKat Edmonson, Queen EstherWesley GarlingtonSynead Cidney Nichols and Trebian Pollard.

The performance schedule for The Hang is as follows:
January 20 – February 20, 2022: Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets to The Hang begin at $35 and go are now on sale at

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