When the NEA revoked funding to four artists in 1990 for work deemed indecent, Tim Miller and Holly Hughes were plaintiffs on the front line. The unprecedented censorship led to a Supreme Court ruling that permanently discontinued all NEA funding to individual artists. As queer performers, Miller and Hughes are no strangers to regressive progress. That's why we invited them to Victory Gardens to squeeze us fresh and frisky. Tim Miller defines himself from the beginning as the gay little sperm that could. With fierce wit and candor, Miller eloquently drives through narratives with more stamina than an honor roll student on Adderall. Lay of the Land is Miller's saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the Queer Union during a time of trial! Careening from his sexy misadventures performing in 45 States, to Marriage Equality street protests, to the electoral assaults on gay folks all over the country, to his life as a grade-school flag monitor, to choking on cheap meat caught in his 10 year old gay boy's throat, Lay of the Land friskily gets at that feeling of queer people being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! Don't miss this heralded new work as well as the opportunity to work with Tim Miller when he conducts a week-long workshop with the Victory Gardens Training Center. "I don't think circle is really my shape," says Holly Hughes of her career in performance art that's taken her from an uneventful upbringing in Michigan to a heroic and controversial performance career in New York and back again to Michigan where she is a professor at the University of Michigan. Former member of the WOW Café, a feminist theater collective made up of women who had been booted from other like collectives, Holly Hughes made a name for herself as a lesbian performer known for plucky solo works that fearlessly dig for tangible identity in the wire-crossed world of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-political cultures. With original work that includes The Lady Dick, World Without End, Dress Suits for Hire, Preaching To The Perverted and Clit Notes, Hughes is produced worldwide and has garnered two Obie Awards, a Lambda Book Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and a Distinguished Alumni Award. Hughes unleashes her post-racial poodle with the Chicago premiere of her newest work, The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony), a meditation on midlife set in the eye of a canine.