A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Act VII) Apr 20, 2018
BUY TICKETS The Moore Theatre
Presented in association with Seattle Theatre Group
Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to Marsha P. Johnson’s “shot glass heard ‘round the world;” Queer Riots; Sexual deviance as revolution. Tackling this divisive era of American history through the lens of “trickle up humanitarianism," Taylor Mac gives voice to figures whose stories have been widely dismissed or buried in mainstream American culture, reminding us that “You can’t solve it with one march or one ride on the bus.” Featuring music ranging from protest anthems to "the greatest makeout song of all time," Mac is joined by his band, led by music director and arranger Matt Ray — plus Detroit-based vocalists Steffanie Christi'an and Thornetta Davis. The show also features longtime collaborator and costume designer, Machine Dazzle.
TAYLOR MAC is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and performance artist. Mac’s work has been performed around the world, including at Lincoln Center, London’s Hackney Empire (with the LIFT Festival), the Sydney Opera House, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s MCA and Steppenwolf Theater, and Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern. Mac is the author of 17 full-length plays and performance pieces and the recipient of a Guggenheim Award, The Doris Duke Award, The Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, an Obie Award (for The Lily’s Revenge), and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Mac and collaborator/music director/arranger Matt Ray were awarded an Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. In 2017 Mac became a MacArthur Fellow for, 'Engaging audiences as active participants in works that dramatize the power of theater as a space for building community.'