Taylor Mac

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Taylor Mac is the American theater’s most beloved maximalist. Creating extravagant performances with jester-like charm, Mac’s work reflects the vast mosaic of the American imagination.

With Mac as our puckish guide, join us for an abridged version of his epic 24-hour performance art concert, which decodes the social history of the United States—all 240 years and counting—through popular songs ranging from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to disco. The show is a dazzling, community-building experience that reflects our nation’s diverse and sometimes dysfunctional story in order to reinvigorate a distinctively American sense of possibility.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is the winner of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


In partnership with Stanford Live, the entirety of A 24-Decade History will be performed in four parts at the Curran in San Francisco on September 15, 17, 22, and 24. For information, visit sfcurran.com/taylor-mac.

Recommended for mature audiences

Co-Direction by Niegel Smith
Music Direction/Arrangements by Matt Ray
Costume Design by Machine Dazzle
Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
Scenic Design by Mimi Lien
Lighting Design by John Torres

Acknowledgements

Generously supported by Roberta and Steven Denning, Scott and Molly Forstall, the Hornik family, and by the Koret Foundation

 

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If one show weaves together the ideas that our season sets out to explore—how national identity merges with art, and how popular culture and nostalgia shape who we are for better or worse—Taylor Mac’s American historical pop odyssey does it all with an epic amount of heart, laughs, and glitter.

 

—Ryan Davis, Associate Director of Engagement and Public Programs