Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce
Celebrate Christmas as calamity when acclaimed performance artist and 2019 Tony-nominated playwright Taylor Mac – classified as “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” by Time Out NY – makes his NJPAC debut with this utterly outrageous holiday extravaganza.
Heralding the holiday season in all its dysfunction, Mac will be joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and an expert band of eight to reframe the music you love – and the holidays you hate. Holiday Sauce is a giant, queer-Christmas tour de force filled with re-imagined renditions of traditional holiday songs - performed here like you’ve never heard them before.
“This is like no holiday show you’ve ever seen – a Radical Faerie Realness Ritual Sacrifice that involves music, drag, gloriously theatrical excess, and full-blown political revolt,” says Theater Dogs. “Look for eggnog, Rudolph and Hallmark movies elsewhere … holiday traditions are more exploded than celebrated here, and it feels so good!”
A Tony-nominated dramatist, actor, singer-songwriter, director, producer and two-time OBIE winner, Taylor Mac is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is the creator and performer of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and the playwright of the seven-time Tony-nominated Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (currently on Broadway), and his work has earned raves at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Kennedy Center, MOMA, and dozens of other top venues across the country and around the world.
Taylor Mac has become “the critical darling of the New York scene,” says New York magazine. “Fabulousness can come in many forms – and Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them,” says The New York Times.
*Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings
The American Song series at NJPAC is presented, in part, through the generous support of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the David S. Steiner and Sylvia Steiner Charitable Trust, and the Joan and Allen Bildner Family Fund.
NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open for this performance.