directed by Tim Miller
devised with the students of CU Theatre
presented in the Loft Theatre

Oct 25-27 @ 7:30pm
Oct 27-28 @ 2:00pm
Oct 28 @ 6:30pm

A high-energy exploration of how Americans decide — and divide — presented the weekend before the national election. Sparks will fly! For mature audiences, performance includes full nudity.


In the season of politics, the body politic — and the politics of the body — will be onstage in Litmus, directed by Roe Green Visiting Theatre Artist Tim Miller.

Miller is working with 19 undergraduate students on what he calls a “performance narrative,” creating “theater in the moment.” The team will take its cues from politics, whether national, local or personal.

“We don’t know what will happen, or how the national (election) will inform the piece,” says Miller, the internationally acclaimed — and controversial — performance artist“What are these rigid binaries, this red-blue political divide? … Ultimately, it’s going to be about where politics really lives — in our bodies, our families, our sexuality, and our relations with each other.”

Miller says the piece will develop organically with creative input from every member of the cast.

“What distinguishes this process is that the actors are also writers, and even directors and choreographers in small groups,” he says. “But ultimately the piece will be conceived around my prompts and direction.”

The audience will see a single 65- to 70-minute narrative of that encompasses and weaves together scenes and segments.

“There will be ensemble materials, solos and scenes with two or three people, and with everybody, from the minute the audience enters the space,” Miller says. “Sparks will fly, guaranteed!”

Miller’s previous work includes Democracy in America, My Queer Body and Glory Box. He has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has published 1001 Beds (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), an anthology of his performances. He lives in Venice Beach, California.


 “Litmus,” directed by Tim Miller, co-created with students from the Department of Theatre & Dance