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"Us" a new performance by Tim Miller
"Us" is a powerful and moving new performance work by internationally acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller. "Us" ricochets between Miller's love affair since childhood with Broadway musicals to an exploration of home, exile and the injustices lesbian and gay people face in the good ol' USA. Denied all the Federal rights of marriage because of the Defense of Marriage Act including immigration rights for their foreign partners -- that only straight Americans enjoy, Tim Miller and his Australian-Scottish partner of 18 years Alistair face the likelihood that they will be forced to leave the United States in order to maintain their relationship.
As 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 we grow up. But then, I was once an 8 year old boy who did stripteases for his brother with GYPSY on the record player!"
"Us" is a funny, sassy and pissed-off exploration of these most American contradictions as the piece careens from memories of a ten year old's plan to flee to Canada to escape the war in Viet Nam, to a mediation on why a Southern California child spoke in an English accent, to a surreal wedding day tug-of-war at the edge of America. No stranger to controversy, "Us" marks a new challenge for Tim Miller to speak as an American artist in exile about the human rights violations in our country.
"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
Peabody Hall Leonard Theatre [map], Oxford Campus [map] - Directions
Free but tickets required, Miami Box Office, 513-529-3200