(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents two live tapings of Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce...Booster!” on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 6:00pm and 9:00pm EST at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Ave., Jersey City). Mac, long-time collaborators, and surprise special guests will film their celebrated holiday extravaganza in front of live studio audiences.
“We look forward to providing this opportunity for audiences to participate in the making of Holiday Sauce,” shares Olga Levina, JCTC’s executive producer. “It is an honor to work in partnership with Pomegranate Arts to present Taylor Mac, one of America’s most unique voices, and an artist who shares our commitment to providing a platform where all artistic voices – especially those underrepresented or marginalized – are heard.”
Since its 2017 premiere, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce has become an annual tradition—perhaps the most subversive and cathartic event of the season. Mac and friends celebrate the holidays in all their dysfunction, blending music, film, burlesque, and random acts of fabulousness. But, of course, in Mac’s world, there’s more to the holidays than rampant gift-giving: creativity and imagination are their own spirituality. The Los Angeles Times has praised Holiday Sauce for its “freewheeling love and generosity,” calling it “a present from the island of misfit toys...and a Christmas miracle.”
Holiday Sauce was originally commissioned and produced as a live performance event by Nature’s Darlings and Pomegranate Arts, worldwide representative for Holiday Sauce and Taylor Mac. To create Holiday Sauce…Booster!, Mac (who uses “judy” as a pronoun) has once again joined forces with creative producer Pomegranate Arts (Linda Brumbach, founder and director; Alisa E. Regas, managing director, creative), production director Jeremy Lydic, designers Machine Dazzle and Anastasia Durasova, and cinematographer Rob Kolodny. The production features a full band led by music director/arranger Matt Ray, including Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks, Viva DeConcini, Greg Glassman, J. Walter Hawkes, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn, and Gary Wang; special guests including Thornetta Davis and James Tigger! Ferguson; and performers who make cameo appearances, such as Glenn Marla as Sexual Consent Santa. 2021’s show features new songs by Mac, a new look by Machine Dazzle, and all the fan favorites from yesteryear, including Mac’s “Christmas with Grandma,” animated by Dana Lyn, and Machine Dazzle’s interior monologue of a Christmas Tree, “Surprise Destiny.” Several artists have Jersey City ties: Machine Dazzle has been artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary for the past two years and international boylesque performer, James Tigger! Ferguson, is a long time proud Jersey City resident.
Mac dedicates Holiday Sauce to Mother Flawless Sabrina, judy’s drag mother, who passed away three weeks before the live show made its world premiere at Town Hall NYC in December 2017. JCTC and Taylor Mac will also select local Queens to honor for their significant contributions to nurturing the local queer community.
Following the taping at White Eagle Hall, London’s Barbican Centre will broadcast Holiday Sauce...Booster! on December 10, 17, and 24. Then, beginning at 5:00pm EST on December 24, Pomegranate Arts will offer the show for on-demand viewing at www.TaylorMacHolidaySauce.com.
Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer. Judy’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, London’s Hackney Empire, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, Stockholm’s Södra Teatern, the Spoleto Festival, San Francisco’s Curran Theater, and MOMA, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, cabarets, and festivals around the globe.
Judy is the author of seventeen full-length works of theater including A Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Hir, The Lily’s Revenge, and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which, in its world premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, Wesley Morris of The New York Times called “one of the great experiences of my life.”
Mac is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, a Tony Award nominee (for Best Play), and the recipient of multiple awards including the Kennedy Prize, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, 2 OBIEs, and the one judy is most proud to be associated with, an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect, the Resident playwright at the Here Arts Center, and the 2020 Artist in Residence at WNET’s ALL ARTS. In 2017, Mac was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2020 Mac won the prestigious International Ibsen Award.
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the issues of our times through the arts. Co-founded in 2006 by executive producer Olga Levina, an immigrant from Belarus, JCTC produces and presents multidisciplinary works that are universal yet locally relevant, emphasizing social justice and human rights.
Founded by Linda Brumbach in 1998, Pomegranate Arts is an independent production company based in New York City dedicated to the development of international performing arts projects. As a creative producing team, Pomegranate Arts works in close collaboration with contemporary artists and arts institutions to bring bold and ambitious artistic ideas to fruition. With a hands-on approach, Pomegranate creates unique structures and partnerships in all performance mediums. Whether creating a new work with established artists at the peak of their career or introducing the vision of a younger artist, Pomegranate specializes in producing provocative performance events of the highest quality.
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