Biography:

Taylor Mac is a theatre artist working in the genre of pastiche. His most recent works are the solo-pastiche, “The Young Ladies Of” (NYC’s HERE Arts and London’s Battersea Arts Centers), “The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac” (The Sydney Opera House, NYC’s The Public Theatre in the Newman, London’s Soho Theatre, Stockholm’s Sodre Teatern, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, Portland’s Time Based Arts Festival, and over 30 additional theatres all around the globe) and his 12-member ensemble musical pastiche “Red Tide Blooming” (with puppets by Basil Twist and premiered at Performance Space 122). Vintage Press, New York Theatre Experience, Smith and Kraus, and Allworth Press have published his plays/work and he is the recipient of three Brighton Best of Festival awards (The Latest 7, The Argus Angel, and The Best of the Fringe awards), The Edinburg Festival’s Herald Angel Award, PS 122’s first ever Ethyl Eichelberger Award for artistic excellence, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, a Peter S. Reed Grant, The Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Voices Fellowship in playwriting, a Mabou Mines Suite (with collaborator Elizabeth Swados) and he is currently a HERE Arts Center Resident Artist and a member of New Dramatists.

“The Lily’s Revenge”

“The Lily’s Revenge”: Using flowers as a metaphor for the queer community, an ensemble of 14 performers and musicians tell the story of a self-uprooted lily on a quest to destroy the modern tool for oppression—nostalgia. In this multidisciplinary full-length work, Taylor Mac continues his work in the genre of pastiche and the exploration of homogeny. Using puppets, elaborate costume designs, film, live music, and vaudevillian theatrics, Taylor and ensemble will combine a neo-romanticism with the macabre, and reveal how our national pastime has become repressive melancholy remembrances of what never was.