A highly stimulating and opinionated rant and performance about identity, the culture wars, and queer strategies for the future. Internationally-acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller will perform excerpts from his body of work and speak on the role that performance plays in constellating identity. Known for his charged performances which take up the most challenging social texts of our time, Miller will share fierce and funny material and speak about how performance can be used to embolden communities and connect people. A Q&A will follow, moderated by theatre scholar Jordan Schildcrout.
Tim Miller’s humorous and passionate solo performances have been presented all over the world. He is the author of the books Shirts and Skin, Body Blows and 1001 Beds. His theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance (1998) and Sharing the Delirium – Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances (1993). Miller has taught performance in the theater departments at UCLA, Cal State LA, and NYU. He is a founder of Performance Space 122 in NYC and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA. Miller can be reached at his website: timmillerperformer.com.
Jordan Schildcrout is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance at Purchase College, SUNY. He earned his Ph.D. in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center, where he also served on the staff of CLAGS. He is currently the dramaturg for a production of And Baby Makes Seven by Paula Vogel (New Ohio Theatre, March 2014), and he is the author of the forthcoming book Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theatre (University of Michigan Press).
The event is part of the Performing Que(e)ries Series. Since 2012, this series has explored LGBTQ performance in the 21st century, more particularly the ways in which contemporary queer performance is tied to past, present, and future explorations of queer identity. The series includes performers, scholars, and writers of diverse backgrounds and styles coming together to discuss their work in multiple formats, including roundtables, interviews, discussions, lectures, readings, and/or performances. Performances and discussions will track the legacy of queer performance onstage and off, querying the efficacy and vitality of live performance in the age of media-based and digitized communication. Co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.