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Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

St. Ann's Warehouse and Pomegranate Arts 

as a Dandy Minion / Ukelele Tiny Tim

"Mr. Mac gave me one of the great experiences of my life. I’ve slept on it, and I’m sure... What if some of America’s trouble is that we’ve been too caught up in our own individual dreams — that some dreams mean a nightmare for somebody else. What if Mr. Mac’s fantasia was the anti-dream, and those 24 beautiful hours were about the wisdom of staying woke?" -Wesley Morris, the New York Times
"With A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, the theater truly lived up to its millenniums-old provenance as a place of communal ritual, political awakening, and emotional catharsis." -Erick Neher, Hudson Review
"Mac’s preferred pronoun is judy – “I wanted to choose a gender pronoun that would emasculate you – you can’t roll your eyes at judy without being camp,” Mac explains during the marathon. However: “My gender is performer.” No one watching Mac give everything to this astonishing show could argue that “performer” is an identity to which judy has a right above all others." -Alex Needham, The Guardian

Concieved by Taylor Mac

Directed by Nigel Smith

"Taylor Mac’s glittering performance art concerts chart a (highly) subjective history of popular music and activism in America from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. Created with a bevy of collaborators, including music director / arranger Matt Ray, co-director Niegel Smith, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Mimi Lien, lighting designer John Torres, and longtime fellow traveler and costume provocateur Machine Dazzle, this highly anticipated World Premiere will be the first time Taylor Mac performs the complete 24-decade history in its entirety." -St. Ann's Warehouse


St. Ann's Warehouse, September/October 2016

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