Tickets for this four-part event, can be purchased for individual performances or for the entire series. Single tickets go on sale June 15.
“I believe theater is community and I think of myself as a community activist; someone whose job it is to bring people together, give them a shared experience and remind them of the things they’ve forgotten, dismissed or buried.” —Taylor Mac
For the past 20 years, Taylor Mac has created spectacular award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace his diverse audience with the passion of a community organizer. Equal parts bedazzled shaman, searing social critic and Elizabethan fool, "Taylor Mac doesn’t just defy categorization; he makes the categories themselves seem irrelevant." (Time Out NY) In Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, he charts the history of popular music and activism in America, from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. This uniquely original performance art concert featuring many special guests will be presented over 2 weeks. Recent winner of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the production has been hailed by The New York Times critic Wesley Morris as “one of the great experiences of my life.” “[24-Decade] is about becoming who we Americans want to be, by recognizing who we have been. It’s about artistic confrontation, reinterpretation and personal transcendence.” (Taylor Mac)
For your viewing pleasure, Barlo Perry’s conversation with Taylor Mac “A Time to Be Born” in PARIS LA.
Check out a Taylor Mac interview and performance live on WNYC's Studio 360.
THU, MAR 15
Chapter 1: 1776–1836
The American Revolution from the perspective of the yankee doodle dandy, the early woman’s lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs and early temperance songs, a dream sequence where the audience is blindfolded and the heteronormal narrative as colonization.
SAT, MAR 17
Chapter 2: 1836–1896
Walt Whitman and Stephen Foster go head to head for the title of Father of the American Song culminating in the queerest Civil War Reenactment in history. Oh…and a production of the Mikado set on Mars.
THU, MAR 22
Chapter 3: 1896–1956
A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speak-easy, a depression, a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.
SAT, MAR 24
Chapter 4: 1956–the present
Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to a queer riot, sexual deviance as revolution, radical lesbians and a community building itself while under seize.
Photo by Teddy Wolf
The CAP UCLA Los Angeles presentation is funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation Endowment Fund, Ann-Marie Spataru and Diane Levine.