“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)
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.