Bootstraps: An American Fable - an evening performance

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August 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Acrobatic, slapstick, and sung, two Americans battle their way across a cardboard landscape in search of The Dream. Did we mention they are white, middle class, and kinda unaware? 

Bootstraps challenges audiences to question how we otherize our neighbors, how success is constructed and the role white people can play in perpetuating and dismantling systems of oppression. Featuring raw, powerhouse performances from Kaitlin June and Raphael Sacks in the roles they were born to play, and directed by Shawn Shafner, award-winning taboo-breaker. 

In the slow awakening of contemporary America, white people are learning the many ways in which we/they benefit from an America rooted in white supremacy. Bootstraps is an invitation to engage with honest and open-hearts about the ways racism, classism, and otherism tear at the fabric of our hearts, connections and communities. As communities of color are continually threatened, the time is now for white people to understand our/their role and exploit our/their power towards justice. With minimal design needs and a set made exclusively of recycled cardboard, Bootstraps is a call and catalyst to action.

The evening will conclude with a post-show conversation with the performers and directors.

Doors open: 7pm
Show begins: 7:30pm

$10-20 suggested contribution
No one turned away for lack of funds

More information:
http://artmonastery.org/bootstraps

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