(9.13) Fans of Taylor Mac already know about the upcoming performance at The Vets on Saturday, but a few ancillary events are on tap that look very entertaining, and they are free and open to the public.
The Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist and Tony-nominated theater artist chronicles an unseen history of America through a hand-picked selection from Mac’s epic 24-Decade music odyssey, ranging from murder ballads to disco and everything in between. This immersive and entertaining production, where the audience is central to the experience, chronicles the ways in which communities build themselves because they are being torn apart. Bedecked in gloriously irreverent regalia designed by long time collaborator Machine Dazzle, Mac is joined on stage by Music Director Matt Ray and an incomparable band.
The fabulous and unforgettable Taylor Mac appears as part of a larger artist residency co-presented by FirstWorks with the Brown Arts Initiative.
5:30pm, Thursday, September 12: Taylor Mac: What’s Gonna Happen, lecture already wait-listed, but go sign up.
3pm to 4:30pm, Friday, September 13: Machine Dazzle: Artist in the Role of Costume Designer, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center
Registration is required. It’s first-come-first-served, but organizers overbook to ensure a full house. They recommend arriving 20 minutes ahead. All unclaimed seats are released to the stand-by audience 15 minutes prior to program start time. Once the event begins, late admission will not be allowed.
Free, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, (directions)