FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tim Miller in “Us”
March 19 and 20, 2004, 8p.m.
Tickets $20, available by calling (949)494.8971, ext. 200
Mention ArtScene to receive a $2 per ticket discount


Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Stuart Byer, 949.494.8971, ext. 208
949.494.8971, extension 200 for general Museum information; Fax 949.494.1530
E-mail, <sbyer@lagunaartmuseum.org>
Web site, <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org>
Public hours: Daily, except Wednesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tim Miller in his new performance “Us”

Laguna Beach, CA -- Tim Miller returns to Laguna Art Museum on March 19 and 20 with his new performance Us, a powerful, funny and moving new work by the internationally acclaimed solo performer. This is Miller's third appearance at Laguna Art Museum. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and reservations are available by calling the Museum at 9494.494.8971, extension 200. When making your reservation, mention that you heard about the performance through the ArtScene email and receive a $2 discount per ticket.

“Us” ricochets between Miller’s love affair since childhood with Broadway musicals to an exploration of home, exile and the injustices lesbian and gay people face in the good ol' USA. Denied all the rights of marriage – including immigration rights for their foreign partners -- that only straight Americans enjoy, Tim Miller and his Australian-Scottish partner of nine years Alistair, face the grim certainty that they will be forced to leave the United States in 2004 in order to maintain their relationship.

As Miller says of “Us”, “Teetering here on the edge of exile, it has been really fun to do this exploration of how musicals informed my queer identity and politics as we grow up. But then, I was once an 8 year old boy who did stripteases for his brother with GYPSY on the record player!”

“Us” is a hilarious, sassy and pissed-off exploration of these most American contradictions as the piece careens from memories of a ten year old’s plan to flee to Canada to escape the war in Viet Nam, to a mediation on why a Southern California child spoke in an English accent, to a surreal wedding day tug-of-war at the edge of America. No stranger to controversy, “Us” marks a new challenge for Tim Miller to speak as an American artist in exile about the human rights violations in our country.

TIM MILLER is an internationally acclaimed solo performer. Hailed for its humor and passion, Miller's solo theater works have delighted and emboldened audiences all over the world at such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the books SHIRTS & SKIN and his solo performance works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. Miller’s new book BODY BLOWS, an anthology of six of his performance scripts with an introduction by Tony Kushner, was published by University Of Wisconsin Press in March 2002.

Since 1990, Miller has taught performance in the theater department at UCLA. He is a founder of the two 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. He can be reached at his website: http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html <http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html>

Current Exhibitions
Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture (a smart building is a nervous building),
through July 5
Joseph Raphael: American Expatriate--Impressionist Paintings from the Collection of Oscar and Trudy Lemer,
through July 11
Funny Business: Humor in Art from the Permanent Collection,
through May 23
Greetings from Laguna Beach,
through July 5

MISSION AND LOCATION OF THE MUSEUM
Founded in 1918, Laguna Art Museum is heir to the oldest cultural institution in Orange County. Permanent collections and exhibitions feature historical, contemporary, and pop-culture-oriented American art, with emphasis on the art of California.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. The Museum is open daily, including Monday holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. For more information on the Museum, please call between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 949.494.8971, extension 0 or visit the Museum’s website at <http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org/> .



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