ALL ARTS artist-in-residence Taylor Mac will kick off a series of free programming for the Obie-winning arts center HERE. Created in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the free series includes several programs that aim to “uplift audiences during these challenging times.”
Mac is the first guest of the initiative #stillHERE, which will feature a short and informal weekly livestream hosted by the Off-Off-Broadway organization’s artists. The stream will take place live on Facebook every Friday at 1 p.m., EST, beginning this afternoon. The program offers a chance for artists to share updates, readings and previews. Playwright Sara Farrington will follow Mac’s inaugural session, with her stream set to go live March 27.
“We’re living in unprecedented times where isolation is not only encouraged, but necessary to survive,” HERE Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting said in an announcement. “Yet in these dark times, we need the singular humanity and uplifting grace that only live art can provide and the community that gathers to celebrate it. Our hope is that these online artistic endeavors help all of us come together at a time when the world seems to be pushing us apart.”
In December, ALL ARTS named Mac as its first-ever artist in residence. The multi-hyphenate performer and MacArthur fellow has had a prolific career as a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer, with works performed on Broadway, the Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House and many more. Mac secured a spot as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in drama for the critically acclaimed work “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” in 2017; and most recently, the artist presented “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” on Broadway, sweeping up seven Tony Award nominations in 2019.
More information about HERE’s online programming can be found here.
Top Image: Taylor Mac. Photo: HERE.