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“When I’m making my work, I tend to think, How is this going to make our city a better city to live in?” says this theater, cabaret and performance-art star. Taking a cue from the likes of lovingly transgressive acts like Ethyl Eichelberger, the 42-year-old sidesteps standard drag to become a glittering, otherworldly creature that oozes sexuality while playfully rejecting gender norms. (Even Mac’s preferred pronoun, judy, is a puckish wink at those who resist changes to the grammatical status quo.) After Hir, Mac plans to perform an experimental 24-hour show—yes, as in 24 straight hours—based on the history of American song, doing judy's part to make sure everyone knows that NYC is still the place for wildly ambitious performance art.
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