A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Regional/National Tours
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A Magic Theatre production.

SYNOPSIS: The marathon follows music history from 1776 to the present day. Mac performs the show in two ways: as a series of concerts covering three decades each, and in a non-stop, 24-hour marathon performance.

CHAPTER I (1776-1836) - September 15, 2017
The American Revolution from the perspective of the yankee doodle dandy, the early women’s lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs and early temperance songs, a dream sequence where the audience is blindfolded and the heteronormative narrative as colonization.

CHAPTER II (1836-1896) - September 17, 2017
Walt Whitman and Stephen Foster go head to head for the title of Father of the American Song, culminating in the queerest Civil War Reenactment in history. Oh, and: a production of The Mikado set on Mars.

CHAPTER III (1896-1956) - September 22, 2017
A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speakeasy, a depression, a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.

CHAPTER IV (1956-the present) - September 24, 2017
Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to a queer riot, sexual deviance as revolution, radical lesbians, and a community building itself while under siege.

Performed, written, and directed by Taylor Mac
Co-Direction by Niegel Smith

Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
Costume Design by Machine Dazzle
Set Design by Mimi Lien
Music Director / Arranger / Pianist / Vocals by Matt Ray
Lighting Design by John Torres
Choreographic Consultation by Jawole Zollar

  • Playwright: Taylor Mac

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