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A BODY IN THE O
August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A big thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful evening!
Especially to Tim Miller for bringing in “A Body in the O” to Long Beach, and to Virginia DeMoss for letting east village caravanserai use The Found Theatre to present Tim’s exciting performance. For more information about Tim’s books and future performances, visit: http://www.timmillerperformer.com
east village caravanserai presents
a new performance (and book)
by performer Tim Miller
Climb along with performer Tim Miller inside the giant O of the Hollywood sign – or as Shakespeare called it “the wooden O” of the theatre- as Miller performs a new work created from his brand new book of performances and stories A BODY IN THE O .
Jumping off from a day in 1984 when Miller scrambled up inside of the O of the Hollywood sign and imagined the performance space tree house of his dreams (Highways), A BODY IN THE O journeys through the hoops of the Department of Homeland Security, the human heart’s mysterious Os and finally a wedding day as Miller imagines the full possibility of performance that changes the world inside these wooden Os!
“For an entire generation of queer artists working in the experimental theater world—including me—Tim Miller led the way. His imagination, daring and vision continue to inspire us.” —Moisés Kaufman, author of The Laramie Project
“Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. You think you don’t need to hear such singing? You do! You must!”
–Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America
TIM MILLER is an internationally acclaimed solo performer. Hailed for its humor and passion, Miller’s solo theater works have been presented all over North America, Australia, and Europe 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, BODY BLOWS and 1001 BEDS, which won the 2007 literary prize for best Drama-Theater book from Lambda Literary Foundation. Miller has taught performance in the theater departments at UCLA and at Cal State L.A.. He is a 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. He can be reached at his website:
Excerpt from A BODY IN THE O
Can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt?
Well, we better damn well try: For if we are not going to try to “cram within this wooden O” the Battle of Agincourt along with drawing to take up the battle to confront racism, the struggle against homophobia, the challenge to imagine a better future, then why bother making theater!
Solo Performance as First Response
Solo performers are first responders. If a theatre artist is taking the full heat of their vocation seriously, they can be among the first humans to creatively spelunking into he messy stew of the injustices that surround them and steep in to confront a new crisis that threatens their communities and bring it to the “wooden O.” Long before government, the law, or community structures marshal their resources to respond to a social challenge, there is usually a period where solo performers–including storytellers, slam poets, risk-taking comics, and performance artists–in lean and mean creative gathering spaces are the first to publicly cry foul and demand that we do something.
The Found Theatre
599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90802
(corner of 6th & Long Beach Blvd.)
The Found Theatre is located in bike-friendly downtown Long Beach
(bike racks available in front of the theatre).
The Metro Blue Line 5th St. station is located directly in front of the theatre, as is a downtown Passport shuttle stop.
Two hours free parking in the CityPlace lot just west of the theatre. Enter from 6th St., 5th St. or Pine Ave. There is also ample street parking on 6th St. in the evening and on Sunday. Meters east of Long Beach Blvd. operate only until 6 p.m.; meters west of Long Beach Blvd. operate until 9 p.m.