|Wonderful Mumtaz in 1968|
Housedeer issue number six will be a very special one. It has been in the works for quite a long time, but I think you will find it well worth the wait. As always, the content will be a surprise until it's finished, but here is a peek at the extraordinary lady I've been interviewing for it:
Issue Number Five features the legendary Agosto Machado, one of the last remaining performers from a truly golden age of theatre in New York. He learned his craft by doing it. He worked with Jack Smith and Mario Montez, with John Vaccaro and his Playhouse of the Ridiculous, with Jackie Curtis and Ellen Stewart at La MaMa, with Hibiscus and the Cockettes in San Francisco and New York, and with many others besides. And he continues his work in the present.
As both a longtime recorder of history and marvelous story teller, Agosto is often sought out by documentarians. You may have seen him in Beautiful Darling, the documentary about Candy Darling, or in Pay It No Mind, about the fabulous Marsha P. Johnson. You may have seen him on the various stages of downtown, where he often appears, sometimes in a splendid gown. His issue of Housedeer is full of beautiful recollections and wandering thoughts, and all the greatest stars of downtown twinkle in its pages. The deer art on the cover is a painting by Charles Schick.
|Agosto Machado Photo: Romy Ashby|
Everett Quinton became famous during his years with The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and he's never stopped acting. He lives in Greenwich Village with his pretty dog, Raindrop, who he dotes on. Any performance of any kind with Everett in it is worth seeing. There's just nobody like him.
This is the cover of Housedeer Issue No. 3, devoted to the painter Louise Oliver through interviews done with her son and daughter, Edgar and Helen. The cover image is a drawing made for this issue by Regina Bartkoff, called Edgar, Louise and Helen. Last autumn, Edgar Oliver staged a one-man show at Theater 80 on St. Marks Place in New York called Helen & Edgar. In it, he told many stories about Louise Oliver and the childhood years he and Helen spent with her in Savannah. The show earned a stellar review from Ben Brantley of the New York Times: http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/theater/reviews/helen-edgar-edgar-olivers-solo-show-at-theater-80.html
This issue of Housedeer makes a wonderful compliment to that show for anyone who got to see it, but it also stands alone as a tribute to a truly exceptional woman who lived for her art and for her children.
Issue No. 2 is devoted to the much loved and admired performer, writer and absolute original Justin Vivian Bond. As a transperson, Justin prefers the pronoun v and the honorific Mx to the standard gender-specific ones, and this cover image, Elegant Transdeer, was created specifically for v by Michele Burgevin. In 2012 Justin unveiled a fragrance called The Afternoon of a Faun, inspired by a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé called L'après-midi d'un faune.