|Curran presents "Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!"|
|Last Edit: Official_Press_Release 11:27 am EST 11/14/20|
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|"Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce plies acerbic wit, subversive politics, pageantry and boundless compassion to the holidays"
-San Francisco Chronicle
"A delightful and bizarre holiday surprise"
"An extravagant celebration of queerness and chosen family"
-The Mercury News
TAYLOR MAC'S HOLIDAY SAUCE…PANDEMIC!,
CREATED BY MAC AND POMEGRANATE ARTS,
ON DECEMBER 12
COVID-Era Virtual Reinvention of the Beloved Annual Live Seasonal Variety Show Follows November 13 Release of Holiday Sauce Album
SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Carole Shorenstein Hays announced that Curran, along with prestigious theaters and cultural institutions around the world, will present the Pomegranate Arts production Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!. The special, live-streamed event-taking place on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. PST-reimagines for this time of social distancing Mac's celebrated Holiday Sauce show, which The Los Angeles Times has praised for its "freewheeling love and generosity," and called "a present from the island of misfit toys...and a Christmas miracle." The program comes on the heels of-and celebrates-the release of Mac's Holiday Sauce album, another opportunity for home-bound audiences to experience Mac's singular artistry and approach to the holidays. Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce...Pandemic! marks Mac's fourth collaboration with Carole Shorenstein Hays and the Curran. Holiday Sauce performed a celebrated, multi-week engagement at the Curran in 2018.
Tickets for Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! are $10 and are available by visiting SFCURRAN.com/holiday-sauce-pandemic!. Following the live-streamed event, the show will be available on-demand from December 13 through January 2, 2021. Curran will donate 100% of its proceeds from ticket sales to Openhouse, a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit that enables LGBTQ+ seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs.
Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! was commissioned by The International Ibsen Festival, The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The National Theatre of Oslo, along with an international group of presenters including Curran, Artpark-Lewiston, NY, ASU Gammage at Arizona State University, Berliner Festspiele, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Firstworks/Brown Arts Initiative, The Guthrie Theater, The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Live Arts Miami, OZ Arts Nashville, Park Avenue Armory, Seattle Theatre Group and On The Boards, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Teatros del Canal Madrid, TO Live, UtahPresents, and Wexner Center of the Arts at the Ohio State University.
For Taylor Mac, there is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift giving, and imagination is its own spirituality. This holiday season will be bittersweet for so many. Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that is particularly resonant this year, when so many have lost so much.
Conceived as a virtual vaudeville, Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! blends music, film, burlesque, and random acts of fabulousness. To create it, Mac has joined forces with longtime creative producer Pomegranate Arts (Linda Brumbach, Founder and Director; Alisa E. Regas, Managing Director, Creative), director Jeremy Lydic, designers Machine Dazzle and Anastasia Durasova, and cinematographer Rob Kolodny. It features a full band led music director/arranger Matt Ray and including Colin Brooks, Viva DeConcini, Antoine Drye, Greg Glassman, J. Walter Hawkes, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn, and Gary Wang; special guests Thornetta Davis, Stephanie Christi'an, and Tigger! Ferguson; and performers who make cameo appearances: Dusty Childers, Sister Rosemary Chicken, sidhe degreene, Romeo-Jay Jacinto, Glenn Marla, Travis Santell Rowland (Qween), and Timothy White Eagle.
Mac dedicates Holiday Sauce to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac's drag mother, who passed away three weeks before the live show made its world premiere at Town Hall NYC in December 2017. Collectively, these elders make up a group Mac is referring to as The Queens; their names will be mentioned in the show, featured on the Holiday Sauce website, and amplified on social media.
Also on December 12, in a ceremony streamed at 10 a.m. PST (7 p.m. Oslo time), Mac receives the International Ibsen Award, given every two years to an individual or company that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of drama or theater. Mac is the first American to win the honor. Previous recipients include iconic artists such as Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Heiner Goebbels, and Forced Entertainment.
The Holiday Sauce album celebrates the time of year we hate with unique renditions of songs we love. In addition to traditionals including "God Rest Ye Gentlemen," "How Can I Keep from Singing?," "Little Drummer Boy," and "Silent Night," the recording features an original entitled "Christmas with Grandma" and covers such as Graham Nash's "Cathedral"; the Velvet Underground's "The Black Angel's Death Song" and "All Tomorrow's Parties"; and Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids."
Holiday Sauce is produced and arranged by 24-Decade music director Matt Ray and features Mac on lead vocals and ukulele and a band including Matt Ray on piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, glockenspiel, bells, and background vocals; Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks on drums; Steffanie Christi'an on vocals; Thornetta Davis on vocals; Viva DeConcini on guitar; Antoine Drye on trumpet; Greg Glassman on trumpet; J. Walter Hawkes on trombone; Marika Hughes on cello, Dana Lyn on violin; and Gary Wang on bass.
Holiday Sauce is mixed by Grammy-winner Fernando Lodeiro (Esperanza Spalding, Vampire Weekend, Lady Gaga) and mastered by Grammy-winner Emily Lazar (Beck, Lou Reed, David Bowie). It is released by Favorite Fruit, a new company established by Pomegranate Arts.
A portion of the album proceeds benefit the LGBT Asylum Task Force.
To purchase tickets for Holiday Sauce...Pandemic!, visit sfcurran.com/holiday-sauce-pandemic!.
For more information about the Holiday Sauce album, visit www.TaylorMacHolidaySauce.com.
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