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No pants in Tucson
The Anthropologists is embarking on new physical theatre and research-driven play. Set in a fictional landscape with real consequences, No Pants In Tucson imagines a town - somewhere in the U.S. - whose inhabitants (largely female) are forced to live their daily lives within a latticework of laws: no driving while wearing a housecoat, no cleavage, no swearing, no sleeveless tops, no asking a man out on a date, no buying a parachute on a Sunday if unmarried and absolutely no pants. In fact, any state law currently active in the U.S. that prohibits or proscribes the behavior or action of women, is both legal and enforced in this town. An exuberant, kinetic, energetic, punch in the gut, No Pants in Tucson is propelled by the legal text and social ramifications of outdated and misguided laws and America’s obsession with legislating the female body.
When a middle school mock trial team is assigned to prosecute a KKK member, they turn the tables on their white teacher by putting them on trial for propagation of racist ideas and narratives. Mock Trial is an exploration of how racism is taught or untaught and our own role in undoing a history of oppression. Taking full advantage of the middle school setting, Mock Trial will traverse an emotional, often uproarious, landscape of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which racism and white supremacy is taught and upheld by the American school system.
This play will be collaboratively devised using cultural artifacts, source material and personal narrative.