Taylor Mac
CAP UCLA and The Theatre at Ace Hotel present
Taylor Mac
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Thu, Mar 15 – Sat, Mar 24
The Theatre at Ace Hotel

“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 their passion. Equal parts community organizer, Elizabethan fool and bedazzled bon vivant, 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. Winner of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, and a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, 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)

CHAPTER 1: 1776–1836
Thu, Mar 15 at 6pm
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.
CHAPTER 2: 1836–1896
Sat, Mar 17 at 6pm
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.
CHAPTER 3: 1896 – 1956
Thu, Mar 22 at 6pm
A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speak-easy, a depression, a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.
CHAPTER 4: 1956 - Present
Sat, Mar 24 at 6pm
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.

The CAP UCLA Los Angeles presentation is funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation Endowment Fund, Fariba Ghaffari, Diane Levine, Ginny Mancini, Ann-Marie Spataru and Karyn Orgell Wynne.

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