Taylor Mac visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert October 29 to talk about the upcoming West Coast tour of Holiday Sauce. The performance piece is the latest installment in judy's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music project, in which the artist explores the popular music catalog from 1776 to the present day through a queer lens.
Mac, a MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient, wrote the show prior to Donald Trump’s election to office; Colbert wanted to know if it has since been updated to reference him. “If something is threatening to take the story away from the storyteller, you have to incorporate that threatening thing into the story at all costs or else nobody pays attention to the story,” judy (Mac's preferred gender pronoun) said. “So we have to incorporate Donald Trump into the story, but we can't let him be the lead, right? We're the lead.”
But before Mac's words take the Broadway stage, judy performed Patti Smith’s "People are the Power," "because until justice gets back into the world—or into the world for the first time—we should just be singing that to close every show.”
Holiday Sauce, celebrating all things merry and dysfunctional, will play the Curran in San Francisco beginning November 21 before heading to Los Angeles' Royce Hall.