Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Abridged
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Tickets go on sale July 22 at noon
Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase, as a gender pronoun) is impossible to ignore. Judy’s on-stage costumes involve clashing patterns, glitter, large feathers, some more glitter, elaborate face paint, potato-chip bags, towering wigs, and even more glitter. But beneath all these layers of fabulously draggy camp and kitsch is an exhilaratingly sharp social critic engaging audiences with keen wit, brazen humor, and courageous vulnerability.
The incredibly talented playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer takes a larger-than-life persona, one that is so completely unique, and manages to connect with every single member of the audience. It is astounding to witness and experience. Judy has described this as part of a duty to find out what judy’s audience needs, and not necessarily give them what they want, but give them what they need.
While rising to the top ranks of New York’s theater scene, judy has had work performed at the Lincoln Center, London’s Hackney Empire, the Sydney Opera House, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. Judy is the author of seventeen full-length works of theater including, Red Tide Blooming, Hir, The Lily’s Revenge, and the two-man vaudeville judy co-created with Mandy Patinkin and Susan Stroman, The Last Two People On Earth.
After years of development, Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music presents their subjective history of America going back to its founding in 1776. Originally performed as a one-time 24-hour event, this abridged version is a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of the history of American culture and dysfunction. Bringing us stories of groups whose perspectives are often forgotten by history, the show highlights various music styles and artistic voices ranging from murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie, and beyond. Joined by music director/arranger Matt Ray, an incomparable band, and local performers, Mac appears on stage decked and bedazzled in gloriously irreverent regalia for a night that is sure to stay with you for years. n
This performance includes content that may not be suitable for children.
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Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM
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Gainesville, FL 32611
Pit/Orchestra A-P $35
Lower Boxes $35
Orchestra Q-Z $25
Upper Boxes $25
UF Students $10