Photo by Kevin Yatarola
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (ABRIDGED)
Please be advised that this performance is intended for adult audiences.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Taylor Mac’s subjective history of America since its founding in 1776. The project chronicles the ways in which communities build themselves as a result of being torn apart. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the piece was originally performed as a one-time 24 hour-long event and was recognized on the New York Times’ 2016 lists of Best Performances, Best Theatre, and Best Music. This abridged version of the show is a highly-immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of the history of American culture and dysfunction. Told from the perspective of groups whose stories are often “forgotten, dismissed or buried,” the show highlights various musical genres and artistic voices ranging from murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie and Beyond. Joined by music/arranger Matt Ray, costume designer Machine Dazzle, and an incomparable band, Mac appears on stage decked and bedazzled in gloriously irreverent regalia for a night that is “Startlingly unique… a must see for anyone who wants to see a kinder, gentler society.” (Huffington Post)