Heading out to my Fall 2016 tour of performances and teaching! The Fall kicks off in Virginia premiering my new show ROOTED at Emory & Henry College and also making a mainstage piece "Home Body" with students. I am very excited about my new solo show ROOTED.
From the world premiere at McGlothlin Center for the Arts brochure.... "In his brand new performance ROOTED, internationally renowned performance artist Tim Miller tells stories of family trees and the hidden LGBT histories that live in those branches. Jumping off from June 26, 2013, when marriage equality was established in the US under Federal Law, Miller launches into an exploration of the gorgeous perversity of obsessive genealogical research; and what happens when, after long effort, we actually achieve one kind of social change (in this case, marriage equality) that allows us to launch new journeys for wider social justice. With humor and heart, in ROOTED Miller charts the hopeful, ever-branching reach of love and citizenship in America."
This is my "what comes next after achieving marriage equality" piece that leads me both into the past and into the future! ROOTED explores what happens when we actually achieve one kind of social change after long effort and what kind of new journey that launches us on. Somehow it all leaps out of a marriage license in 1865 in Central New York! On the day my husband Alistair and I married—June 26, 2013, the day the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned—I realized this was the first marriage license in my family issued in New York State since 1865. I began to imagine what my great great Grandpa William Shepherd Angell—just back from the ultimate social justice victory of the Civil War—would make of Alistair and I and our big social project. This launches me down the ancestry.cum rabbit hole with stops along the way to... hidden family histories, the Ginsbergian "cocks of the grandfathers of Kansas," the family tree of hurting hearts, and finally a day at the Department of Homeland Security where all the ancestors gather to witness our green card interview!
Along with doing my new show ROOTED at McGlothlin Center for the Arts and the Kleinau Theatre at Southern Illinois University ... there will be many residencies all over the country- and across the ocean in Scotland- where I help young artists pull their material forward in our devised ensemble projects. I am especially excited to be directing/devising a main season production for Emory & Henry College called Home Body.
Hope to see you at one of my stops.
|September 30, 2016||University of North Texas
|October 1-2, 2016||Southern Methodist University
|October 2-18, 2016||Emory & Henry College
|October 7, 2016||McGlothlin Center for the Arts
|October 24-27, 2016||Monmouth University
Long Branch, NJ
|October 28-31, 2016||Penn State University
State College, PA
|November 1-6, 2016||Yale University
New Haven, CT
|November 13-20, 2016||Southern Illinois University
|January 25-31, 2017||University of North Carolina School of the Arts
|February 27-March 3, 2017||Vanderbilt University
|March 12-19, 2017||University of Minnesota
|March 29-April 7, 2017||Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
|April 13-15, 2017||Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
|April 17-23, 2017||Ohio Wesleyan University
|June, 2017||Paisley Arts Centre
Seeya on the road!