Tony Award-nominated playwright and performer Taylor Mac will take part in an acclaimed theatrical marathon A 24-decade history of popular music back on the road this fall, playing nine stages across the United States in tandem with holiday sauce, Mac’s irreverent exploration of Christmas as a 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 – all these 240 years – through 246 songs popular throughout the country and its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day. The dramatic epic won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Theater Inspired by American History and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Next stops of the northeast circuit for A history of 24 decades include Providence (Sept. 14, Veterans Memorial Auditorium); Worcester, Mass. (Sept. 16, Fenwick Theater); Portland, Maine (Sept. 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 Theatre).
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 accompanied on tour by costume designer Machine Dazzle and musical director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all the songs. The tour is produced by Pomegranate Arts and Taylor Mac’s Nature’s Darlings.
Mac parts also include Hir, The March Across America for Mother Earth, Comparison is violenceand Lily’s revenge. The playwright’s last play, Gary: A sequel to Titus Andronicusearned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
For information and tickets, visit taylormac.org.