Us

Photo courtesy of Tim Miller.

Us
a performance by Tim Miller

November 13 Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


"Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. You think you don't need to hear such singing? You do! You must!" - Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America

Audience discretion advised. Contains sexual content, nudity, mature language and themes.

Tim Miller’s show Us ricochets between Miller’s love affair since childhood with Broadway musicals to an exploration of gay marriage, exile and the injustices lesbian and gay people face. Us is a funny and sassy exploration of these most American contradictions as the piece careens from memories of a 10–year–old’s plan to flee to Canada to escape the war in Viet Nam (Man of La Mancha) to a meditation on why a Southern California child spoke in an English accent (Oliver!) to a surreal tug–of–war at the border of Canada and the U.S. on Alistair and Miller's Canadian wedding day in Niagara Falls (Don't Rain on My Parade!). Miller says, “Teetering here on the edge of exile, it has been really fun to do this exploration of how musicals informed my queer identity and politics as I grew up.” Nominated for a 2005 New York City Drama Desk Award as best solo performance On or Off Broadway, Miller takes audiences on a whirlwind journey that re–thinks the American Musical as inspiration for radical politics and queer identity. “Us boils with Miller’s distinctive mix of anger and humor, literate intelligence and rock–star stage presence. Moving with relentless energy around the space, including the seats, he links his political commentary with childhood memories of that most wholesome and most subversive of American entertainments, the Broadway musical. Miller is here acerbic, sweet, self–righteous, exhibitionist and celebratory.” – Chicago Reader

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, Actors Theatre of Louisville 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 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, CA. For more information visit TimMillerPerformer.com.

Ticket prices: $8. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets:Advance tickets – $5 discount tickets in person at the Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online. Cash only 1½hours prior to performance.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at Will Call.

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