|MacHomer to come to Bloomington this Friday|
|Written by Bryan Podell, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:18|
Rick Miller will be performing his world renowned “tragicomedy,” “MacHomer” at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
“MacHomer” tells the story of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” using 50 different characters from the popular TV show, “The Simpsons,” with Miller playing every character.
According to Miller, the idea for MacHomer came to him while playing the character of murderer number 2 in Macbeth in 1994.
“I was backstage with a lot of free time during our rehearsals so I started to recite a bunch of lines from the script in various voices of Simpsons characters,” Miller said.
Miller said he got his inspiration for MacHomer from “The Simpsons” TV show. According to Miller, MacHomer feels most like a Halloween special of “The Simpsons.”
“It’s one dysfunctional family combined with another dysfunctional family,” Miller said.
According to Joel Aalberts, performing arts director at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Miller has traveled the world performing MacHomer. Miller even went to Scotland to perform his piece, where the entire voice cast of “The Simpsons” saw his performance.
Miller revises the script for MacHomer every three or four years and even leaves places in the script open for topical jokes.
“I always try to keep it fresh and I also try to have parts in the script with open-ended jokes that I usually try to fill with a funny reference about the city I’m performing in,” Miller said.
Miller has done other work in voice-overs for cartoons and created the show “Bigger Than Jesus” but his main focus remains with MacHomer. Miller hopes to one day do a Broadway rendition of MacHomer in New York.
Morgan Spurlock, creator of “Supersize Me,” is currently filming a documentary on the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons TV show and filmed Miller’s piece for part of the documentary.
“Hopefully it will get featured in the 20th anniversary documentary because it would definitely take my performance to the next level,” Miller said.