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Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize For Drama Inspired By American History

The genre-busting, glitter-dusting performance artist Taylor Mac and his musical director, Matt Ray, have been named winners of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, for their 24-hour work, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

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Taylor Mac in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

The piece, billed as a “radical fairy realness ritual,” is a decade-by-decade walk through American history from 1776 to 2016, told through the songs of the time, reinterpreted through a radical queer lens.

It was performed in its entirety last fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, first in three-hour segments and then in a continuous 24-hour marathon, complete with shared audience meals, group dance breaks and, mercifully, a sleeping loft for weaklings (like this reporter).

Click here for the full article published by NYTimes.com on February 22, 2017 by Jennifer Schuessler.