Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce ... Pandemic!

Available to stream through

A virtual vaudville 

Join 2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his longtime collaborators — designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and producers Pomegranate Arts — as they celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! blends music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.

In this virtual reimagining of the beloved/annual/live/seasonal/variety show, Mac reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that rings true in this bittersweet holiday season.

Ticket prices 

Tickets are $10, intended for single-household use and nonrefundable.

How it works

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce … Pandemic! will be presented live for one night only on December 12 at 6 p.m. CT, then streamed on demand December 14–16.

What you need

You will need internet access and a phone, tablet or computer. 

Run time

Approximately 65 minutes (no intermission)

Content advisory 

This performance contains adult content and is intended for mature audiences.

Album release

Mac’s recently released album Holiday Sauce celebrates the time of year we hate with unique renditions of songs we love. The album is available on Bandcamp, and a portion of the proceeds support LGBT Asylum Task Force


Please call the Box Office (Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at 612.377.2224.


Bust out the glitter and join us for a night of music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness.

Honoring Sharon Day (Ojibwe)

Holiday Sauce is dedicated to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother. As a tribute to her, a segment of this virtual event will feature elders who have made significant contributions to nurturing the queer communities in their cities. The Guthrie will honor Sharon Day (Ojibwe), an artist, writer, musician, and lifelong activist in support of women, LGBTQIA+ and Indigenous peoples, as well as the life-giving force of water. Since 1990, she has served as the Executive Director of Indigenous Peoples Task Force, an organization she founded to develop and implement culturally appropriate HIV education and direct services to Minnesota’s Native community.


Creative team 

Conceived and performed by  Taylor Mac
Music Director / Arranger Matt Ray
Set and Costume Design Machine Dazzle
Production Director Jeremy Lydic
Make Up Design  Anastasia Durasova
Creative Producers Pomegranate Arts
Producers Linda Brumbach & Alisa E. Regas

About Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”—lowercase sic—as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer whose work has been performed at hundreds of venues around the globe. Mac’s many works have garnered judy a MacArthur Fellow, a Tony Award nomination, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist citation, the Kennedy Prize, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert in Theater, The Booth Award, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, two Bessies, two Obies, two Helpmanns and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. 

On December 12, Mac will be the first American to receive the International Ibsen Award, which is awarded every two years to an individual or company that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of drama or theater. 

It takes a village


Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! was commissioned by The International Ibsen Festival, The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The National Theatre of Oslo, who present it with additional support from the Guthrie Theater, Artpark-Lewiston, NY, ASU Gammage at Arizona State University, Berliner Festspiele, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Curran-San Francisco, FirstWorks/Brown Arts Initiative, The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Live Arts Miami, OZ Arts Nashville, Park Avenue Armory, Seattle Theatre Group and On The Boards, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Teatros del Canal Madrid, TO Live, UtahPresents, and Wexner Center of the Arts at the Ohio State University.

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