Stuyvesant Park is so nice and so lovely, and it used to be where all the gays would cruise in the ’70s. It’s very straight-laced now, but it’s my hope that the queers will somehow take it back, like they have taken Julius’s back and made it more fun. How do we encourage that? I think we should just tell people, in print, “Stuyvesant Park: There are these great orgies happening there.”
“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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