A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)
Presented in partnership with KLRU-TV
Playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, producer, and “Critical darling of the New York Scene” (New York Magazine), Taylor Mac has performed in hundreds of venues across the globe. Named “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” by Time Out New York, Mac creates extravagant performance events that provoke and embrace diverse audiences.
Join Mac as he escorts you through an abridged version of his epic piece that was originally performed as a one-time 24-hour event and was recognized on The New York Times 2016 lists of Best Performances, Best Theater, and Best Music. A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) interprets the social history of the United States—all 240 years and counting—through popular songs ranging from murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie, and beyond. The show is a dazzling experience that reflects our nation’s diverse and sometimes dysfunctional story so as to bolster a uniquely American sense of possibility.
Mr. Mac gave me one of the great experiences of my life.
– The New York Times
- Mac’s work, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama.
- Mac uses “judy” (lowercase) as a gender pronoun.
- Mac was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow for “engaging audiences as active participants in works that dramatize the power of theater as a space for building community.”
- Taylor Mac created and hosted the political vaudeville, Live Patriot Acts: Patriots Gone Wiiiiildd! during the Republican National Convention in 2004.
- Mac is a resident playwright at the HERE Arts Center in New York City.