presented by 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)

Good seats still available in all price levels!

Individual tickets:

Tier 5 - $45
Tier 4 - $75
Tier 3 - $100
Tier 2 - $175
Tier 1 - $250

CHAPTER I: 1776-1836

Thu, Mar 15, 2018
CHAPTER I:  1776-1836

The American Revolution from the perspective of the Yankee Doodle Dandy, the early women’s lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs and early Temperance songs; a dream sequence where the audience is and the heteronormative narrative of colonization.
CHAPTER II: 1836-1896

Sat, Mar 17, 2018
CHAPTER II:  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.

CHAPTER III: 1896-1956

Thu, Mar 22, 2018
CHAPTER III:  1896-1956

A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speak-easy, a depression and a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.
CHAPTER IV: 1956-Present

Sat, Mar 24, 2018
CHAPTER IV:  1956-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 siege.

The CAP UCLA Los Angeles presentation is funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation Endowment Fund, J. Ben Bourgeois, James Costa, Fariba Ghaffari, Kiki Gindler, Diane Levine, Ginny Mancini, Anne-Marie Spataru and Karyn Orgell Wynne.

If I buy tickets to a single chapter, or to select chapters, and I don’t see the whole 24 decades, will I understand what’s going on?

Yes. Each chapter is a stand-alone work, and the concert does not follow a running narrative. That said, we still encourage everyone to see as many chapters as they can since the ritual of repeat encounters is a primary theme.

Will there be food available?

The Ace bars will have cocktails and snacks, and grab and go food will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for more information as the extravaganza gets closer!

Can I bring food/drinks into the show?

We will have a variety of food options available, no outside food or drink is permitted. You are welcome to bring a water bottle from home.

Will I be able to take breaks and rest?

You’ll be encouraged to take care of yourself during each 6-hour extravaganza. This means that bathroom, snack, and rest breaks can and should be taken at your leisure.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring only what you can carry, as there will be no formal coat check!

Will I be separated from my stuff?

Most likely, yes. Please leave large bags and other items at home. We want you, your seat, and the ground around your feet to be unencumbered.

Will I be sitting with my friends the whole time?

There will be time to sit with friends and loved ones and time to be with strangers.

Can I take photographs and post during the show on social media?

Yes! We encourage you to document your experience online (so long as it doesn’t distract from your participation.) Please use #TaylorMacLA and tag us, @capucla in your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Talking and/or texting during the show is discouraged, and we ask that all phones be turned to silent. Taylor will not be shy about calling you out!

Is A 24-Decade History of Popular Music appropriate for kids?

The 24-Decade project has been created for adult audiences and contains adult nudity.


We offer ADA-accessible seats and restrooms. You can buy ADA seating on our ticketing site or by calling AXS at 888.9.AXS.TIX (888.929.7849). When buying tickets over the phone, please let the ticket agent know if you require accessible seating, and s/he will issue you an ADA seat. If you need accessible seating the night of the event and don’t have a special ticket, we’ll do our best to accommodate you once you arrive at The Theatre.

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