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Arts-Waves – November 26, 2018: Holiday Sauce. Taylor Mac & Niegel Smith

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce: Host Richard Wolinsky speaks with Taylor Mac, writer, performer, and co-director, and with Niegel Smith, co-director, of “Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” at the Curran in San Francisco through December 1, 2018.

This past year was a good one for performer and playwright Taylor Mac. Winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, he was also a finalist for his performance piece A 24-Decade history of Popular Music. His latest show, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce, is now playing at the Curran in San Francisco through December 1st, before it moves on to Los Angeles for two performances in mid-month. Taylor Mac is playwright, co-director and star of Holiday Sauce, which has set design and costumes by his long-time collaborator Machine Dazzle, and is co-directed by Niegel Smith, the artistic director of the Flea theatre company in New York.

In these two interviews, they talk about their performance piece, and about working with audiences on a show that attempts to bring down, in Taylor Mac’s words, “the patriarchy as spirituality” and come up with an inclusive approach to the holidays.

Complete Taylor Mac Interview

Complete Niegel Smith interview

Also: a review of “Pike Street” at Berkeley Rep through December 9th.


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