Taylor Mac Reimagines “Holiday Sauce” for Our Social-Distancing Times

By Cicero A. Estrella

The Curran in San Francisco will be among the theaters and institutions around the world to present Taylor Marc’s Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!

The reimagining of Mac’s celebrated Holiday Sauce show for our stay-at-home and social-distancing times will be live-streamed on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The latest iteration of the performance blends music, film, burlesque and “random acts of fabulousness.” 

Playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer Mac conceived the show as virtual vaudeville, and will once again feature Mac’s singular take on the holidays, which goes beyond rampant capitalism and gift-giving.

Holiday Sauce is dedicated to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother, who died three weeks before the original show’s world premiere in New York City in December 2017.

Hours before the virtual event, Mac will receive the International Ibsen Award, which is granted every two years to an individual or company that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of drama and theater. Mac will be the first American to receive the honor.

Mac also recently released the “Holiday Sauce” album, which features unique renditions of such holiday classics as “God Rest Ye Gentlemen,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.” It also includes the original “Christmas with Grandma,” and covers of Graham Nash’s “Cathedral,” the Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Song” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.”

The Holiday Sauce show enjoyed a multi-week engagement at the Curran in 2018. Pandemic! will be the fourth collaboration with Mac and the theater.

Tickets for the virtual show can be purchased for $10 at SFCurran.com. Following the live-stream event, the show will be available on-demand from Dec. 13 to Jan. 2.

The Curran will donate 100 percent of its proceeds from its ticket sales to Openhouse, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides assistance to LGBTQ+ seniors. 

Photos credit: Little Fang Photography


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