Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller to focus on gay marriage with "Lay of the Land" at Coe

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2009-10-01 07:18:46 - General

Performance Artist Tim Miller

Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will present "Lay of the Land," a new production focusing on the issue of gay marriage, on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. In addition, Miller will workshop an all-student performance piece that will be presented in the Mills Experimental Theatre in the Dows Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

"Lay of the Land" is Miller's saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the Queer Union during a time of trial, as gay marriage is discussed in Iowa and across the nation. Careening from his sexy misadventures performing in 45 states, to marriage equality street protests, to the electoral assaults on gay folks all over the country, to his life as a grade-school flag monitor, "Lay of the Land" friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu.

According to David Nichols of The Los Angeles Times, "Miller's ‘Lay of the Land' enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful. Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. Marriage equality is the thematic undercurrent against which reminiscences of various activist and performance landmarks coalesce into something larger than the sum of their considerable parts. The final apotheosis stands high in Miller's canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes 'Lay of the Land' a vivid, must-see achievement."

Known as a solo performer, teacher, writer and activist, Miller's work is critically acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad. Anita Gates of the New York Times calls Miller, "A charming and wildly energetic storyteller! Funny, forceful and full of vigorous gay pride!"

Hailed for their humor and passion, Miller's performance works have delighted and emboldened audiences all over the world at such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the London Institute of Contemporary Art and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival. He is the author of the books "Shirts & Skin," "Body Blows,"and "1001 Beds," an anthology of his performances and essays that won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for best book in Drama-Theatre. Miller has taught performance at UCLA, NYU and the Claremont School of Theology. He is a co-founder of two of the most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Calif.

Tim Miller will be in residence with the Coe Theatre Department from Monday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 24. In addition to performing, he will be teaching and presenting workshops to students and faculty.

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