Stagg High grad goes for it in 24-hour U.S. musical ‘history’

Taylor Mac (Boyer) is going through with it:
“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” that the New York Times refers to as a “magnum opus.”
Boyer, a graduate of Stockton’s Stagg High School, has said his 24-hour performance ¬ encompassing U.S. history in music ¬ will be staged Sept. 15 through Aug. 8 at New York City’s St. Ann’s Warehouse.
A respected cauldron of creativity ¬ Taylor Mac is an intensely and intently avant-garde performance artist, actor and playwright in New York and San Francisco ¬ his latest production also is labeled, by the Times, an “idiosyncratic history of the United States told through song.”
Boyer, 42 and a native of Laguna Beach, stages his marathon audience-participation epic during a series of three-hour concerts encompassing 30 years each. The 24-hour playoff begins at no on Oct. 8.
Known artistically as “judy” ¬ an intentionally gender-less name ¬ he’s warmed up with some performances in New York pubs, bars and clubs. He wrote and acted in “HIR” during 2014 at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre .
Taylor Mac’s ultimate creation includes 240 songs and 24 “brazen and sparkling” costumes (by Machine Dazzle”).
He starts with a 24-piece orchestra, progressively eliminating instruments ¬ one per decade of songs ¬ until he’s performing solo.
Near the end of July, he plays the first 12 decades during noon-to-midnight shows at the Powerhouse Theatre in out-of-the-way Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Interesting. Growing up wasn’t a ton of fun in 1980s Stockton, where mom Joy owned the Aldrich School of Art.
“I was a queer kid, “ Mac, told The Record in February 2014. “Especially in the ’80s, Stockton was not a pleasant place growing up being queer. I had teachers who’d say (William) ‘Shakespeare was a fag.’ It wasn’t the most progressive place. If you’re not part of the status quo, you have to wind up thinking differently. See the world for the way it is.”
Hear it that way ¬ in song ¬ too.

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