HARP

(HERE Artist Residency Program)

In Development Taylor Mac

Show Description

Taylor Mac joins HARP as HERE’s first full-time resident playwright, thanks to support from the Andrew W. Mellon National Playwright Residency Program. Taylor will mentor other HARP artists, earn a full-time salary with benefits for three years, and develop/produce new plays including an untitled contemporary sequel to Titus Andronicus; Prosperous Fools, a response to Moliere's Le Bourgeois GentilhommeClarence, which is set in the mind of Clarence Thomas and imagines what he thinks about from the bench; and/or A Crooked Smile, an exploration of the radical ideas tied to queer activism that may have disappeared when many activists were lost to the AIDS epidemic.

Taylor is currently working on an adaptation of Titus Andronicus.

From the reading of Prosperous Fools.

Artist Bio

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance works. They have been produced by/presented at, literally, hundreds of theaters, museums, and festivals around the globe. Some highlights include: Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, The Sydney Opera House, The Spoleto Festival, The American Repertory Theater, The Magic Theater, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The MOMA, the Edinburgh Festival, The Sodra Teatern, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, and Celebrate Brooklyn. Mac’s most recent work A 24-Hour Decade of Popular Music has been performed all over the country culminating a 24-hour presentation at St Ann's Warehouse this past fall. Northwestern University Press, Playscripts, Vintage Press, and American Theater Magazine have published judy’s plays and judy is the recipient of the Kennedy Prize for Drama, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Award, a Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, three Sundance Theater Lab residencies, three Map Grants, The Creative Capital Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, and a Peter S. Reed Grant. Mac is a proud alumnus of both the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program and New Dramatists and is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.

Project Feed

Cast of <i>Prosperous Fools</i> Reading. Photo by Paula Court.

Slideshow from Prosperous Fools Reading

On Saturday March 25, HERE hosted a reading of Taylor Mac's Prosperous Fools as part of our Culturemart Festival at our home in NYC. Culturemart is our annual festival of workshops by our resident artists. It's a vital testing ground,...

“Prosperous Fools” Audience Reactions

Following a reading of Taylor Mac's Prosperous Fools in HERE's Culturemart Festival on March 25, we asked five audience members what they thought about the rich-poor polarity that Taylor was wrestling with in the play. Here's what they had to say: 

Three Words to Describe “Prosperous Fools”

Following a reading of Taylor Mac's Prosperous Fools in HERE's Culturemart Festival on March 25, we asked five audience members to share their reaction to the work using only three words. Here's what they had to say:

Prosperous Fools Reading at CULTUREMART

Here are some great photos by Paula Court from Taylor's recent reading during CULTUREMART. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40007811@N05/sets/72157678588596894