The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac will be presented in repertory with Mac's The Young Ladies Of through Aug. 2.
Press notes for The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac read: "Becoming a flamboyant chameleon of words, music and sociopolitical tirades, Mac explores the human condition and challenges the contemporary culture of fear." The work was recently presented as part of the 2008 Spoleto Festival and has been seen as part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.
Young Ladies Of – which received an acclaimed run at HERE in 2007 – was inspired by letters that belonged to Mac's father, a Vietnam veteran. In 1968 Mac's father placed an advertisement in an Australian paper requesting women to write him. Mac has used the letters, as well as original text and songs to create "a conversation exploring patriarchy, war, romance and fatherhood. Mac illustrates his Texan father's military life in 1960s Vietnam as well as his own life as a New York City gender-bending performance artist, striving to reconcile the differences between masculinity and femininity, past and present, and red and blue states."
Performance artist, actor and playwright Taylor Mac is a 2005 Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. His works also include Peace and Red Tide Blooming. Mac appeared in the premiere New York production of Elizabeth Swados' Jabu, as well as in productions of Hamlet, The Little Foxes, Assassins and Beach Blanket Babylon. He is currently at work on a two-man show with Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, co-created with Patinkin, Rachel Chavkin and Paul Ford.
The schedule for Taylor Mac's HERE engagement follows: The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and The Young Ladies Of (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.here.org. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.
For further information visit www.here.org.