Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac

New York, NY

Taylor Mac creates solo works and large-scale ensemble performances, including The Young Ladies Of, Peace, Red Tide Blooming, The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac and Cardiac Arrest, or Venus on a Half-Clam. These performances have been presented at such venues as London’s Soho Theater, Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Under the Radar festival at The Public Theater in New York, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, OR, San Francisco MOMA, and the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. His awards include the James Hammerstein Award in playwriting, the Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award, Performance Space 122’s first ever Ethyl Eichelberger Award and the McKnight National Residency and Commission from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN. Mac won a 2010 Obie Award for his Creative Capital project, The Lily’s Revenge. Mac received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018.


The Lily’s Revenge

Taylor Mac

Artist Bio

The Lily’s Revenge is a seven-hour multidisciplinary theater work about alternative communities, the homogeneity of culture, and contemporary apocalyptic narratives. Created in collaboration with several theater directors and ensembles, the work is staged in five sections. These include a puppet-theater play on a miniature stage, a play in the round, a video/live performance work, and a circus act that takes over the entire building in which the theater is located. Threaded throughout all five sections are Taylor Mac’s own musical compositions, performed by a live bluegrass band. The work culminates in a final episode that integrates elements of each of the preceding ones.

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