By Talking Band
January 15 – January 30, 2010
A waiting list will be available at the Ellen Stewart Theatre box office starting one hour before curtain for sold-out performances. Payment is cash only.
“… An inspired and inspiring new play by the downtown writer and performer Taylor Mac.
Mr. Mac, who generally appears with his face painted like a Pucci print, in outlandish garb that might have caused jaws to drop in a 1980s nightclub, has written big plays … and small plays … A singer-songwriter as well as an actor and director, he has established a devoted cult following among what’s left of the East Village glitterati. But with this new play, a sweet and satiric meditation on the beautiful folly of idealism, he establishes himself as a writer and artist of serious consequence.
… At its deepest level “The Walk Across America for Mother Earth” celebrates the people who search for meaning in life by striving for social change, even if their motives are mixed and success remains stubbornly elusive. As Mr. Mac himself observes in this smart, funny and ultimately quite moving play, for idealists — and for artists — failure and success can look an awful lot alike.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
The Walk Across America for Mother Earth combines Taylor Mac’s exuberant theatricality with the richly scored work of Talking Band to tell the story of a nine-month protest walk from New York to a Nevada Nuclear Test Site.
Eighteen and eager to flee his suburban conservative upbringing, Taylor joined this group of political activists, ageing hippies, baby hippies, punks, anarchists, dykes, radical fairies, men, women, senior citizens, and children on a nine-month walk across the United States. Re-told and re-imagined by Taylor, Walk asks its artists and audiences to take a second look at how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most surprising ways.
PLEASE NOTE – IRREGULAR PERFORMANCE TIMES:
Saturday at 2:30 pm 1/15 and 1/22
Sunday at 5:00 pm 1/23 and 1/30
Wednesday at 7:30 pm 1/19 and 1/26
Presented by Talking Band
Written by Taylor Mac
Directed by Paul Zimet
Music by Ellen Maddow
Lighting by Lenore Doxsee
With: Daphne Gaines, Ellen Maddow, Jack Wetherall, James Tigger! Ferguson, Nikki Zialcita, Steven Rattazzi, Taylor Mac, Tina Shepard, Viva DeConcini, Will Badgett
June 19 – June 20, 2014 at 7pm
June 2, 2014 at 7pm
May 22 – June 8, 2014
May 16 – May 18, 2014
May 8 – May 11, 2014