Award-winning NYC-based theater artist Amanda Erin Miller will livestream performances of Smile All The Time through the 2021 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. For the cold eye of the security camera in his prison cell, sixteen-year-old Kevin re-enacts the wild series of events that landed him there, utilizing puppets made out of materials in his cell. After stealing Covid-19 vaccines from politicians to inject into ICE detainees, Kevin is sent to Camp Smile Power, a teen anger management camp, for a second time. He escapes! On the road, he befriends Ajax, another Smile Power runaway. Together they create a poetry and song infused political demonstration to destroy capitalism that spirals out of control, thrusting them into a reckoning with criminal justice in America.
Miller’s work has been described as “what happens when a one-woman show reaches peak performance.”-The New England Theatre Geek. Smile All The Time is inspired by Miller’s involvement with PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program and The Justice Arts Coalition. Half the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a nonprofit organization leading efforts to ban extreme sentences for children in the United States. Miller’s work has been described as “what happens when a one-woman show reaches peak performance.”-The New England Theatre Geek.