BOOTSTRAPS: An American Fable

You have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Ready? Set. Go!

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? 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. 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. Are you ready to play outside the box?

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.

IN AUGUST 2017, BOOTSTRAPS: An American Fable toured Vermont, Massachusetts and North Carolina, with performances at the Art Monastery, the Springfield Community PlayersEarthdance, Living Arts CollectiveThe Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, and the Culture Mill.

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BOOTSTRAPS pulled me along with its characters, silently hoping they would do
the right thing, all the while feeling there was no right thing to be done.
– Jay O-Berski, Little Green Pig Theater

A provocative and engaging blend of humor, distilled physical storytelling and deep, painful questioning.
— Massachusetts audience

White fragility is about blindness and refusing to release that comfort. This performance allows us to identify and recognize our complicity. Thank you- it’s time to call systemic racism OUT!
— Vermont audience

My heart is very open. I don’t want to admit that I am one of those people on the stage, taking baby steps, and looking up at a towering ceiling. But under my skin, vulnerable and sincere, I saw myself.”
— Massachusetts audience

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