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Miranda July: New Society

Performing Arts

Miranda July
Miranda July
Photo: Todd Cole

Miranda July
New Society

Thu, Nov 20, 2014 8 PM

“An innovative theatrical experiment that illustrates the myriad ways societies form, cohere, change, fracture, and maybe persevere over time. Or you could describe it as a whimsical excursion into make-believe. You’d be on solid ground either way.”—Boston Globe

Over the Wexner Center’s history, we’ve not only introduced new names and important innovators in all fields, but have also enjoyed seeing key artists evolve. In particular, artists supported through the center’s Artist Residency Award program are often welcomed back so our audiences can see their latest ideas unfold. Performer, writer, and filmmaker Miranda July is such an artist: she received creative residency support from our film/video department early on and brought her singular performance works here as well. Now on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary Season, we’ve invited her to bring us all into the heart of her latest performance project, New Society.

Miranda July risks all with a unique experiment in collaboration. This hilarious and moving performance artfully blends fiction and real life, in a startling chronicle of time, love, and group faith. On this very special night July tests the limits of what is possible given two hours and a room full of strangers.

As the Wexner Center looks ahead to forging fresh pathways to engage you in the coming decades, we first look, as always, to inventive artists to show us the way it’s done. Join in to welcome Miranda July back to the Wexner Center, as she cleverly lures us into affirming our citizenship in New Society and willingly pledging allegiance to the enduring spirit of creative enterprise.

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