Taylor Mac will tour 24 decades of popular music history in the United States and Europe


Tony Award-nominated playwright-performer Taylor Mac to participate in acclaimed theatrical marathon A 24-Decade History of Popular Music back on the road this fall, playing nine stops across the United States in tandem with Holiday Sauce, Mac’s irreverent exploration of Christmas as calamity.

The upcoming tour will feature an abridged version of the original 24-hour work, which Mac toured across the United States last year. The theatrical event had its world premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in 2016.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music deciphers the social history of the United States – the 240 years – through 246 popular songs across the country and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day. The dramatic epic won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.

Next stops on the northeast tour for A history of 24 decades include Providence (September 14, Veterans Memorial Auditorium); Worcester, Mass. (September 16, Fenwick Theater); Portland, Maine (September 19, State Theater); and Middletown, Connecticut (September 21 at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University).

Mac will close the tour with performances by Holiday sauce, which will perform in Newark, New Jersey (December 4 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center); Richmond, Virginia (December 7-8, Modlin Center for the Arts); Washington, DC (December 12, The Kennedy Center); Ann Arbor, Michigan (December 14-15, Power Center); and Seattle (December 19-20, The Moore Theater).

Mac is also configured to perform A 24-Decade History of Popular Music in its entirety in Berlin, from October 10 to 20, as part of the Berliner Festspiele.

Mac will be joined on tour by costume designer Machine Dazzle and music director Matt Ray, who have created new arrangements of all songs. The tour is produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings by Taylor Mac.

Mac games also include Hir, The March Across America to Mother Earth, Comparison is violence, and Lily’s Revenge. The playwright’s most recent play, Gary: a sequel to Titus Andronicus, won a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

For information and tickets, visit taylormac.org.


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