Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Nov 6, 2009
LAY OF THE LAND is Tim Miller's saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the 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 gay folks 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!
"Miller's LAY OF THE LAND enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful. Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. Marriage equality is the thematic undercurrent against which reminiscences of various activist and performance landmarks coalesce into something larger than the sum of their considerable parts. The final apotheosis stands high in Miller's canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes "Lay of the Land" a vivid, must-see achievement." -David Nichols, The Los Angeles Times
As the newest of Miller's internationally acclaimed solo performances, LAY OF THE LAND takes on a fierce and funny examination of citizenship and who eats and who gets eaten. Framed by a No on Prop 8 protest in downtown L.A., Miller makes pit stops as Abraham and his gay son Isaac are spread out on a L.A. 70's suburban Formica kitchen, the L.A. Courthouse explodes in pink jury summons that call queer identity to judgment, and a vision of a Heimlich Manuever that helps us get out of this mess! 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"!)
TIM MILLER is an internationally acclaimed solo performer. Hailed for its humor and passion, 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 check his website