Solo performer Tim Miller dives into this in a charged personal way
in a work that is disarmingly funny, pissed off, sexy and
OutUK: So what's a Glory Box? It sounds nasty!
Tim: Well, it's not what you think it is! A glory box is what people in
call a hope chest. Glory Box is a funny, sexy and charged exploration
journeys through the challenge of love, gay marriage, and the struggle
immigration rights for gay people and their partners. I looked at my
pulled out some of the funny and sexy narratives of how my sense of
relationships was shaped (i.e. fucked up) by the culture I grew up in.
piece dives into all kinds of juicy stuff from a wild story about
another boy to marry me in 3rd grade (he beat me up and jammed a
my throat) to the harrowing travails of being in a bi-national
with my Australian partner Alistair (the US government beats me up and
its homophobic laws denying gay partners immigration rights). I think I
preferred the Twinkie! I hope that Glory Box leads the audience on an
and humorous journey into the complexity of the queer human heart that
OutUK: Why Glory Box now?
Tim: Well, the clock is ticking on Alistair's student visa and we don't know
to do next. I have been so freaked out and challenged in the last
years by our struggle to keep Alistair in the US, that I decided to
back and make a kick ass piece that I really hope will let the audience
how completely without civil rights lesbian and gay relationships are.
like people really don't understand how completely gay people's
are in a second class position to those of straight people. It is the
I've felt my rights be most challenged as a US citizen, the fact that I
be forced to leave my own country and immigrate to the UK on Alistair's
passport to be with the man I love.
OutUK: Tell me about the piece. How do you get at this very hot material about
bi-national couple's situation, which is probably news for lots of
Tim: This piece is at the same time the most intimately personal piece I
as well as the most pissed off political. I know that many gay people
don't realize that if you fall in love with someone from another
have no ability to include that person in your life under US law. Any
heterosexual person can fall in love with someone of the opposite sex,
him or her and make them a citizen. Unless their partner blew up a
Bolivia or something, all heterosexual marriages are given immigration
On the other hand, NO gay person may have the same special
straight people take for granted. I think it's a very tangible way that
can see how unfairly US culture treats our committed relationships.
OutUK: What about people who say why should we fight to have this heterosexual
Tim: I always felt that way in the past, I would say to myself "I don't want
support a corrupt bourgeois institution etc" Well, I understand that
view, but it really rings hollow when you are facing your lover being
deported, or can't get into the hospital to see your partner, or the
immediate family takes away the house you left your partner because
was not acknowledged.
The General Accounting Office in Washington just released
list of 1049 special rights and privileges that straight people get
get married. I don't want anybody to get feel like they have to get
on the other hand I want every dyke and fag who wants to marry their
to be able to and have the same equal right of relationship that
people have. Otherwise, we are just letting them fuck us over. What
people would like to forget is that marriage has been very fluid in our
I try to remind people that 140 years ago during slavery,
African-americans were not allowed to marry. Thanks to the women's
we no longer see marriage as a man's ownership over a woman -- we view
a partnership. That wasn't the case a hundred years ago and it is a
change. Until 1967, it was illegal in many states for men and women of
different races to marry! Changes in how we define marriage have been
the ways that America marks it's slow progress towards more civil
OutUK: What will you and Alistair do to stay together?
Tim: Right now, couples like Alistair and I are offered three scenarios:
partner is deported, you break up, or you both leave the country and
life in a more civilized nation than America. Not very pleasant
Fortunately Alistair has passports from two countries (Australia and
that give gay people and their partners immigration rights. I have this
completely romantic thought that art can change the world and that
is going to change. Meanwhile, I'm going to work my little performance
booty off to raise awareness, money and trouble with Glory Box. I want
piece to conjure for the audience a new glory box, a new kind of hope
that can be an alternative site for the placing of memories, hopes and
of gay people's extraordinary potential for love.
William J Mann is the award-winning author of "The Men from The Boys"
Glory Box is at the Tron Theatre on November 2nd & 3rd at 8pm. Booking : 0141 552 4267
Tim is also conducting a Queer Performance Workshop on Sat Nov 3rd at 1pm
Websites :Tim Miller