Tim Miller defines himself from the beginning as the gay little sperm that could. With fierce wit and candor, Miller eloquently drives through narratives with more stamina than an honor roll student on Adderall.
LAY OF THE LAND is Tim Miller’s saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the Queer Union during a time of trial! Careening from his sexy misadventures performing in 45 States, to Marriage Equality street protests, to the electoral assaults on queer people all over the country, to his life as a grade-school flag monitor, to choking on cheap meat caught in his 10 year old gay boy’s throat, LAY OF THE LAND friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! LAY OF THE LAND is a “lay” in all kinds of ways: a sex-assignation, a queer citizenship map, and of course a narrative ballad with a recurrent refrain! (Miller’s favorite way-down-the-list definition for “lay”!)
Described by playwright Tony Kushner as “that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood, ” LAND attempts to follow an incongruous map of human rights as laid out for the LGBTQ community by an intolerant American government and society where Miller refuses to settle for expatriate.
The following performance of LAY OF THE LAND was recorded at Performance Space 122 on December 8, 2010.
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Many of my full evening shows are now up at NYU Libraries Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) for FREE streaming, including MY QUEER BODY, NAKED BREATH, STRETCH MARKS and GLORY BOX. You can read more about them here.