Taylor Mac will perform A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, who won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, in its entirety in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Curran and Stanford Live, in association with Magic Theater and Pomegranate Arts, will present the complete 24-hour work over four six-hour concerts September 15-24 at the Curran in San Francisco, the very city that inspired Mac to undertake the ambitious project. The engagement will mark the first time Mac has performed the entire work since its premiere, which culminated in a unique 24-hour marathon concert at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in October 2016.
Mac will also perform an abridged version of the concert on September 27 at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance will present the complete work in four six-hour concerts March 15-24, 2018 at the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Abridged concerts will be presented on March 6, 2018 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and on April 7, 2018, at ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona. Additional dates will be announced.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Mac’s multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular across the country from 1776 to the present day. Mac is joined by an orchestra, led by Music Director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of the 246 songs, as well as an ensemble of “Dandy Minions” and a variety of local special guests, including members of the public. as colonial needleworkers, World Soldiers of World War I and Yum Yum of The Mikado. The production also includes costumes from Machine Dazzle.
“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a recreation of how individuals can lose the long game, but communities and movements, if continually brought together, have the potential to thrive and lean towards justice, âMac said in a statement. âI am not a teacher. My job is to be a reminder. I remind the public of the things they have forgotten, rejected or buried, or that others have buried for them. In this time of obstacle, political cynicism, amnesia, polarization, oppression and upheaval, we are in desperate need of a physical, emotional, sensory and intellectual reminder that we can use obstacles to strengthen our bonds. and our community actions.
For more information on performance at Curran, visit SFCurran.com. For more details on the Stanford Live presentation, visit live.stanford.edu.
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