Taylor Mac’s
24-Decade History of Popular Music

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 8PM
Royce Hall

“Taylor Mac seduces you, breaks your heart, patches it back up again and sews sequins along the scars.”

—The Irish Times
Equal parts bedazzled shaman, searing social critic, radical angel and Elizabethan fool, Taylor Mac “doesn't just defy categorization; he makes the categories themselves seem irrelevant” (Time Out NY). For the past 18 years, Taylor Mac has created internationally award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace his diverse audiences.

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)

8 Reasons You Need to See Taylor Mac this Saturday

“ 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 PrideLos 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.

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