“Taylor Mac seduces you, breaks your heart, patches it back up again and sews sequins along the scars.”
Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music is his most ambitious project to date—a subjective history of the past 240 years of American history told through music. Mac’s Royce Hall debut will feature selections from music of the 20th century, an introduction to what will eventually be a 24-hour long performance work. A Taylor Mac show is like nothing you’ve ever witnessed: “Startlingly unique…a must see for anyone who wants to see a kinder, gentler society.” (Huffington Post)
“ I believe my job as a theater artist is to remind my audience of the range of their humanity. I believe the more personal risk I take in the work the more the audience will relate and see the whole of their humanity reflected back at them. So, through art, I try to be as masculine, feminine, ugly, beautiful, intelligent, base, chaotic, graceful, joyful, sorrowful, perfect and flawed as I am in real life.
I believe theater is about intimacy and try to make theater that shrinks the distance between the user and the maker (between the audience and the players). Theater is theatrical so I strive to imbue my plays and performances with a heightened reality that includes ideas, breadth, possibility, care, poetry and craft. Most of all I believe theater is community and 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 videos, and an in-depth interview with Taylor Mac - 2015 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts - check out his artist profile page on their site. The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.
Presented as part of
DRAG ANGELES: A celebration of Los Angeles and West Hollywood Drag Creativity, History and Art
In collaboration with the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts/One City One Pride, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries with assistance from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Supported in part by the Royce Gala Endowment. Additional support provided by Diane Levine and Bob Wass.
24-Decade History of Popular Music is co-produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings and is commissioned by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; Carolina Performing Arts, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa; New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas; New York Live Arts; OZ Arts Nashville; and commissioned in part by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and developed with the support of the Park Avenue Armory residency program and the 2015 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort.