Award-winning theatre artist Taylor Mac is set to bring the epic theatrical event A 24-Decade History of Popular Music to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre September 15–24.
To celebrate the show’s arrival in San Francisco (the city that first inspired Mac to create the 24-hour epic), the Curran sent out a casting call inviting the city’s residents to dress in their favorite decade-inspired gear and appear in Mac’s video for “Amazing Grace.”
Watch the video above.
The San Francisco engagement of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music will mark the first time Mac has performed the work in its entirety since its premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in October 2016. Niegel Smith co-directs with Mac. The piece can be viewed in one 24-hour marathon, or as separate six-hour chapters on different days.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Mac’s multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country from 1776 to the present day. Mac is joined by an orchestra, led by music director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs—plus an ensemble of “Dandy Minions” and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War I soldiers, and Yum Yum from The Mikado. The production also features costumes by Machine Dazzle, scenic design by Tony Award-winning Great Comet designer Mimi Lien, and lighting by John Torres.
For tickets and to view the show schedule, visit SFCURRAN.com/shows/taylor-mac.