Taylor Mac: “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Act I (1776-1806)”

Integrated Programming

Class visit by Taylor Mac to Associate Professor of Theatre Amy Holzapfel’s THEA 248: Modern Theatre Plays and Performance
Class visit with Machine Dazzle to Costume Director and Lecturer in Theatre Deborah A. Brothers’ THEA 305: Costume Design
Mt. Greylock Class with music director Matt Ray
Class visit with Taylor Mac to Associate Professor of Theatre David Gürçay-Morris’ THEA 350: Devised Performance Studio
Q&A with justin adkins, Assistant Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, The Davis Center

Taylor Mac, whom TimeOut called “ragingly original and bracingly radical” and “the best cabaret performer in New York,” is an Obie Award-winning playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter engaged in one of the most fascinating and ambitious performance projects in memory.

His Decades Project is a series of 24 concerts exploring 24 decades of popular song in America. Mac, who has a sweet, powerful voice and the bantering chops of a veteran drag performer, transforms into a bedazzled creature in perform-ance to lead audiences into a decidedly personal history of music, ideas, and ways of being. For this performance at Williams, Mac will focus on the 1770s, 1780s, and 1790s.