The Macha Monologues (2005)

The performance opens with "Cookin with Petro" by Elizabeth "Macha" Marrero—a comical monologue about making Puerto Rican eggnog for Christmas. Charles Rice-González gives an introduction before Elizabeth "Macha" Marrero takes the stage to deliver a lecture on "cunt-ology,” where she explains the anatomy of the vagina. The lecture is followed by a film with Marrero playing Professor Lois Findovitch, who critiques and comments upon a number of artworks featuring cunt imagery in the exhibit “KUNT: The Goddess Within.” After the exhibit lecture, Marrero takes the stage as a new character that explains her coming out story. In the next scene, Marrero plays the butch character MC/DJ Willy Rizo who gets a “bushwhacking” (haircut) on film at a local barber shop then appears on stage to deliver a monologue about “bush,” a pun that refers to both getting a haircut and the Republican president, but also refers to the trimming of pubic hair on a vagina and having sexual intercourse with a woman. Marrero then plays a teenage schoolgirl who makes reference to the "to do bible” that teaches women how to embrace their womanhood and includes an index of multiple terminologies for the cunt. Each character played by Morrero earlier in the performance returns to the stage for one last act that affirms the cunt. Elizabeth Marrero is a performance artist/comedian/drag king. Marrero, also known as Macha the papi chulo drag king, burst onto the club scene with her drag king act in 1999 and continues to present this character in diverse manifestations. She began her performance career with dancer/choreographer Arthur Avilés, performing the role of Maeva in over a dozen dance pieces for the past 15 years. In 2003 she appeared in Arthurella at Dance Theatre Workshop. In 2001 she premiered Machataso: A One Woman Cho’ in BAAD! ASS WOMEN 2001 which had a three week, sold-out, extended run. For Out Like That in June 2006, Marrero produced and performed the first ever drag king extravaganza at BAAD!. Marrero has performed at Joe’s Pub and other venues in New York City and internationally. She lives in the Bronx where she was born. In 2003 she received a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/0vt4bfq7

Additional Info

  • Title: The Macha Monologues
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:24:25
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 16 Dec 2005
  • Location: Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Bronx, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Elizabeth Marrero, performer.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, director.