Known for dreamy, deadpan indie films like Me and You and Everyone We Know, multihyphenate Miranda July embarks on a new profession: auctioneer. In her interactive piece, The Auction—which plays at Freud Playhouse on October 18—audience members offer up everyday items (a library card, an old pen) before bidding begins. “[The object] grows in value as you learn more about the person,” July says. “So it’s not just a lip balm—it’s the lip balm of a woman who hasn’t spoken to her parents in six years.” Proceeds will be donated, but the performance isn’t about money. It’s about the awkward beauty of social interaction.
Photograph by Mike Mills