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March 30, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

 

PERFORMANCE ARTIST TIM MILLER TO PERFORM
“LAY OF THE LAND” AT UNCSA


WINSTON-SALEM –Internationally acclaimed performance artist and author Tim Miller will perform “Lay of the Land,” his saucy, sharp-knifed look at the state of the Union during a time of trial, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Agnes de Mille Theatre on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) campus.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and are available through the UNCSA Box Office, 336-721-1945. This performance, which is expected to last approximately 70 minutes, contains adult themes.

Miller's creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man.


Tim Miller-"Lay of the Land"

He describes the newest of his solo performances: “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 … ‘Lay of the Land’ friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! (It) takes on a fierce and funny examination of citizenship and who eats and who gets eaten.”

For a preview of “Lay of the Land,” see the video trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrH-PKJPnA.

David Nichols in The Los Angeles Times said: "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."

Anita Gates in The New York Times called Miller “A charming and wildly energetic storyteller! Funny, forceful and full of vigorous gay pride!”

Miller will be a guest artist at UNCSA from April 4-11. The Undergraduate Academic Program of UNCSA is sponsoring his visit.

During his residency, Miller will work with students to prepare a workshop presentation. That Student Project will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Patrons Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus. The workshop presentation, which will run approximately 80 minutes, is free and open to the public.

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, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival. Miller is the author of the books “Shirts & Skin,” “Body Blows,” and “1001 Beds,” an anthology of his performances and essays which 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.

For more information on Tim Miller, visit his website at: www.timmillerperformer.com.

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