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Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac is a theater artist (who uses the gender pronoun, judy) which means judy’s a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, director and producer. TimeOut New York has called Mac “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” (naming judy the best cabaret performer in New York in 2012, and a future theater legend). American Theatre magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights. The New Yorker says (of Mac’s acting in the title role of Brecht’s Good Person of Szechwan), “One of contemporary theater’s more unforgettable performances.” The Village Voice named judy the best theater actor in New York (2013), and The New York Times says of Mac in general, “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” judy's work has been performed at New York City's Lincoln Center and The Public Theater, the Sydney Opera House, American Repertory Theater, Stockholm's Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, Dublin's Project Arts Centre, London's Soho Theatre and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets and festivals around the globe. judy is the author of sixteen full-length plays and performance pieces including Hir (recently premiered at San Francisco's Magic Theater), The Lily's Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago's Jeff Award nomination for Best Solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award), The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (Edinburgh Festival's Herald Angel Award). In collaboration with Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman and Paul Ford, Mac created The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, in which judy is currently performing/touring with Mr. Patinkin. Mac is also currently creating and performing sections from a durational concert called A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, sections of which have been performed for Lincoln Center, the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater and Joe's Pub, and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (among many others). Playscripts, Vintage Press, New York Theatre Review, and New York Theatre Experience have published judy's plays and judy is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, two Sundance Theater Lab residencies, three Map Grants, the Creative Capital Grant, the James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three GLAAD Media Award nominations, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, a Massachusetts Council of the Arts Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation residency, the Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed grant, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre's New Voices fellowship in playwriting. Mac is a proud alum of the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program and is currently a New Dramatists fellow and a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect. (As of 2/2/15)


More Reviews


Becoming Hir

A behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Kristine Nielsen into the ‘Hir’ artwork. With the fabulous makeup stylings of Darrell Thorne, flawless photography of Zack DeZon, and Kristine's charisma, we had a truly magical day bringing this artwork to life.


Taylor Mac Artist Interview

Taylor Mac: I was an artist, I realized, first, and the way that I thought about the world was different than the way other kids or people thought about the world. I was constantly the person that was pointing out something that was just slightly different than everybody else. It may have been that we were Christian Scientists, so there was this big, huge thing in my family where we were from a weird religion.


In Process: Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac explains the meaning of the title ‘Hir,’ and how his childhood in Stockton, CA inspired him to write this show.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: Hir

I’m a lover and maker of the alternative, underground, and radical movements, and basically every work I’ve made is somehow rooted in a subculture. Hir, however, is a new kind of play for me as it’s dealing with the mainstream; rather, the remnants of the former body politic and the rise of a new progressive body politic.


Letter from Tim: Hir

Warning to all Taylor Mac fans: Taylor does not appear in this play. Second warning: when the lights come up and the play begins to unfold before you, by all appearances it is as if we are witnessing a classically structured, fourth wall, living room family play. It even has a couch!


The American Voice: Judyism

In the opening moments of the show, an actress who introduces herself as “Time,” stuffed into a scrappy-glamorous, beautifully ornate hourglass dress, her head trapped inside a cuckoo clock, rails against the play we’re about to see: a love story between Bride and Groom that culminates in a wedding. “INSTITUTIONALIZED NARRATIVE!” Time cries, “This is not something to enjoy. It is ugly. Plastic. Is a plastic deck chair fun? No! It is tacky! This is the most base, poorly crafted, pulled together at the last minute, ready for mass consumption, demonstrative, manipulative, repetitive, oversexed, histrionic, reductive piece of crap known to mankind… Now I, we, are forced to play stock characters.”


Backstory: The Politics of Pronouns

The Oxford English Dictionary added about 500 new words in its latest quarterly update, including such splendid neologisms as jeggings, kettlebell, photobomb, and twerk. These additions serve as a reminder that language is a tool and a living thing, constantly evolving to reflect the changing world it describes.