Info on Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy
Performance artist and activist Ian MacKinnon brings the past to life by tracing the history of gay people in new ways never before seen on stage. With the aid of his magic time-traveling hot pants and sexy Genie guide, Ian cruises a plethora of gay historical figures in his one-man multi-media romp. Along the way he covers thousands of years of homo-history to create a hot and horny evening of laughs and lust, fun and fucking, humor and heroism.
The Gay Hist-Orgy revives our hidden history in living color, beginning in the ancient world, and tracing the evolution of gay consciousness up to the present day. Including but also going beyond the already famous icons of gay history, Ian introduces the audience to more obscure, but equally fascinating figures who bravely pioneered gay liberation against the odds. Ian shows how these bold and affirming individuals risked persecution and even death to honor the calling of their hearts, and to create the artistic and philosophical works that inspire us all.
A tour de force of historical research and theatrical flair, The Gay Hist-Orgy draws on primary source material from many epochs, including love letters, philosophical treatises, spiritual poetry, 19th century novels, political tracts, and early scientific inquiries into the meaning of homosexuality. The show engages current controversies in queer theory while considering fundamental questions of gay meaning: Who are we as a people, and why are we here? In a radical departure from social-constructionist theory, Ian emphasizes our connections to this history through the shared bond of same-sex love.
The Gay Hist-Orgy is more than a show; it is an avant-garde historical retelling, depicting not just the lives of important gays but how their love has influenced the progress of art, philosophy, culture, and politics. These pieces draw from the roots of gay liberation to reveal gayness as something unique, radical, and beautiful, with the potential to change the world for the better.
Part 1: Horny for History
With his cyber-sexual time traveling hot pants, and his sexy Genie guide, Ian cruises a plethora of Gay historical figures looking for the ultimate fuck. Featuring hot histo-graphic hookups with Plato, Rumi, Lincoln, Melville, Fredrick the Great, Edward Carpenter, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Karl Ulrichs, Harry Hay, Allen Ginsberg, and more!
Part 2: The Search for Gay Love
In episode 2 the time traveling hot-pants have gotten an upgrade, and with the help of his leather daddy professor, Ian searches history, mythology, psychology, and pornography to answer the question, “What is Gay Love?” Featuring orgasmic porno-storical encounters with Socrates, Whitman, Hafiz, Ganymede, Alexander the Great, Hadrian, Zeami, and Bayard Rustin. Performed in Gay Love-O-Vision!