Who is Taylor Mac?
Taylor Mac is one of the most dynamic and explosive voices in America right now. Seriously. You should know about this.
1. A critically acclaimed, legendary theatre artist
Until Hir (that’s the show the Bush is doing) Mac normally stars in judy’s (that’s the pronoun Mac uses) own productions. So this is the first play judy’s just the playwright for. It premiered in 2014 in the US.
“One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” Time Out NYC
They named judy the best cabaret performer in New York in 2012 and a future theatre legend.
Hir, Playwrights Horizons (NYC) in 2015. Photo: Joan Marcus
2. 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama
Taylor Mac is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the marathon musical journey: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Casually also winner of a Kennedy Prize Recipient, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and Edwin Booth Award. Plus a tonne more incredible residencies and awards for playwriting.
It’s a radical fairy realness ritual in which Mac performs 246 songs that were popular in United States from 1776-2016. Each decade gets roughly an hour.
“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” New York Times
3. Internationally renowned master of theatre
Mac’s work has been to New York City’s Lincoln Center and The Public Theater, the Sydney Opera House, American Repertory Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, London’s Soho Theatre and literally hundreds of other theatres, museums, music halls, cabarets and festivals around the globe.
Photo: Teddy Wolff
“Mac is one of those rare souls that was born to communicate his emotions and ideas on stage. ” A Younger Theatre
4. Author of sixteen full-length plays and performance pieces
These include Hir, The Lily’s Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by the New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago’s Jeff Award Nomination for Best Solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award), The Be(A)St Of Taylor Mac (Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award).
5. Full on fabulous costumes galore
Photo: Drew Geraci
Photo: Kevin Yatarola
Photo: Ves Pitts
Taylor Mac’s Hir runs 15 Jun – 22 Jul 2017.
It’s directed by Nadia Fall. Cast: Arthur Darvill, Ashley McGuire, Griffyn Gilligan and Andy Williams. Find out more and book here.
£10 Count Me In tickets, which are booked in advance and allocated to a seat on the day, are available if you book early. (You probably won’t be sat with the people you booked with but you are guaranteed a seat. These aren’t Day Tickets!) Adult tickets from £20 with concessions available.