Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller, will present his solo stage production GLORY BOX at The Alexander Theatre, Monash University, on Friday March 22.
GLORY BOX is described as a sexy, funny and politically charged exploration of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for gay bi-national couples. It looks at how society proposes one limited definition - that of heterosexual marriage - as the only worthy model. Glory Box provides an alternative.
It recounts the obstacles and trials faced by same-sex partnerships through looking into the legal challenges he and his Australian-born husband Alistair have faced as a bi-national gay union, as they have sought to build a life in the US, a country that does not recognise same-sex partnerships for immigration purposes.
Says Miller, "I want the piece to conjure for the audience a site for the placing of memories, hopes, and dreams of gay people's extraordinary potential for love."
Tim is a major political figure in the movement to legalise bi-national same-sex partnerships in the US and since 1999 has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in America.
Tony Kushner, playwright ("Angels in America"), screenwriter for Spielberg's film 'Lincoln' and a Pulitzer Prize winner says of Tim "Tim Miller has been at the heart of things, giving voice to what matters most, for the entirety of his career. His work is an extraordinary fusion of history, observation, politics and a kind of shamanism."
In March 2013, while Tim is in Melbourne, the US Supreme Court will take up the issue of gay marriage, hearing challenges to a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and California's ban on such unions.
Tim Miller will also conduct two weeks of workshops on performance making from 18-29 March in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University culminating in a show of selected work by Monash Bachelor of Performing Arts students.
VENUE: Alexander Theatre, Wellington Road, Clayton
DATE: Friday 22 March