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Acclaimed Performance Artist to Visit Ohio Wesleyan University
Tim Miller’s ‘Glory Box’ Tackles Gay Marriage, Immigration Issues

March 3, 2008

Tim Miller
DELAWARE, OHIO – Performance artist Tim Miller will present his one-man show “Glory Box” at 8 p.m. March 19, on the Main Stage of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. Miller’s visit is sponsored by the university’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered (GLBT) Resource Center.

Taking its name from the Australian term for hope chest, “Glory Box” has been described as a “funny, sexy, and politically charged exploration” of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay multinational couples. “Glory Box” recounts Miller’s trials in working to keep his Australian partner, Alistair McCartney, in the United States. The performance is affected by the fact that the couple may be forced to leave the United States this year in order to remain together.

Michael Feingold in the “Village Voice” wrote of “Glory Box”: “The subject—immigration rights for same-sex partners—is a thorny one—but Miller has a gift for letting one topic open surprising doors into a multitude of others; his works are as canny and complex as they are charming.”

Said Miller, “I want the piece to conjure for the audience a new ‘Glory Box,’ a new kind of hope chest, that can be an alternative site for the placing of memories, hopes, and dreams of gay people’s extraordinary potential for love. I think ‘Glory Box’ has me diving into a situation where my most personal identity as a gay man crashes against the hypocrisy of America. This is a job for performance art! Sparks will fly! Rodan meets Godzilla!”

Miller has performed throughout North America, Australia, and Europe and recently was nominated for a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for his new work “1001 Beds.” He gained notoriety as one of the “NEA Four” artists whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were rescinded in 1990. The four sued and ultimately won reinstatements of their grants plus punitive damages. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1998 to overturn part of Miller’s case, ruling that “standards of decency” can be constitutional criteria for federal funding of the arts.

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Miller will visit classes and conduct a performance workshop for theatre students. McCartney also will be in Delaware to promote his new book, “The End of the World Book,” with a reading March 18 at the Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge, 2 N. Sandusky St. The two will be available for a question-and-answer session after the March 19 show.

There is no charge for tickets, but donations to benefit GLBT programming on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus will be accepted. Checks may be made payable to OWU GLBT Resource Center. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (740) 368-3196.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.