Tony Award-nominated playwright-performer Taylor Mac will take acclaimed theatrical marathon A 24-Decade History of Popular Music back on the road this fall, playing nine stops across the U.S. in tandem with Holiday Sauce, Mac's irreverent exploration of Christmas as calamity.
The upcoming tour will present an abridged version of the original 24-hour work, which Mac toured across the U.S. last year. The theatrical event had its world premiere at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse in 2016.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music decodes the social history of the United States—all 240 years—through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country, and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day. The dramatic epic won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Award for Drama inspired by American History and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama.
Upcoming northeast tour stops for A 24-Decade History include Providence (September 14, Veterans Memorial Auditorium); Worcester, Massachusetts (September 16, Fenwick Theatre); Portland, Maine (September 19, State Theater); and Middletown, Connecticut (September 21 at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University).
Mac will close out the tour with five performances of Holiday Sauce, which will play Newark, New Jersey (December 4 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center); Richmond, Virginia (December 7-8, Modlin Center for the Arts); Washington, D.C. (December 12, The Kennedy Center); Ann Arbor, Michigan (December 14-15, Power Center); and Seattle (December 19-20, The Moore Theater).
Mac is also set to perform A 24-Decade History of Popular Music in its entirety in Berlin, October 10–20, as part of The Berliner Festspiele.
Mac will be joined on tour by costume designer Machine Dazzle and music director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all of the songs. The tour is produced by Pomegranate Arts and Taylor Mac’s Nature’s Darlings.
Mac's plays also include Hir, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Comparison is Violence, and The Lily’s Revenge. The playwright’s most recent play, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.