The Anthropologists’ new subversive comedy, “No Pants in Tucson,” draws upon blatantly bigoted state laws from the 19th and 20th centuries that made it illegal for women to wear pants in public while courageously blending time and form to untangle the generational impact of gender oppressive laws. The world-premiere of “No Pants in Tucson” begins November 5 and runs through November 14, 2021, at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 W 53rd St., New York 10019.
On Monday, November 8 at 7:30 PM ET, Dr. Lisa Merrill and The Anthropologists will lead a YouTube Live conversation that untangles the history of clothing, gender, race & cultural policy and the practice of policing non-gender conforming bodies in the 19th and 20th centuries. RSVP: https://bit.ly/tableE3. And on Wednesday, November at 7:30 PM ET, “No Pants in Tuscon” will have an ASL interpreted performance. TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3mqIeHM
For the past 13 years The Anthropologists have been centering women’s experiences and elevating historically marginalized voices. With a creative and producing team of women, non-binary, and transgender artists, “No Pants in Tucson” unmasks the real lives impacted by archaic, gender-suppressive laws.
The Anthropologists will be observing full COVID safety protocol for the No Pants In Tucson production. Patrons will be masked in the theater and asked to show proof of vaccination at check in.
About the Company: The Anthropologists
THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS are dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Rooted in research and community engagement and shaped by contemporary dance and physical theatre techniques, we're committed to exploring current social topics from an anthropological perspective in order to break down and unleash cultural discoveries. â€‹Past provocations have included: “why do Americans need so much stuff?” (EXCESS – a dance play inspired by The Cherry Orchard) and “who gets access to food?” (GIVE US BREAD, hailed by nytheatre.com as “a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking play mixing elements of dance and stylized movement to create a piece that is wholly within its own hybrid Anthropologists genre.”)
Full of memorable characters- Puck, Oberon, Hippolyta, and Nick Bottom- and the famous “play with a play”, A Midsummer Night’s Dream deals with the universal theme of love, and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Aquila Theatre weaves a web of theatrical magic that will take audiences to the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of the Athenian court, and the political strife of the fairy kingdom. At the heart of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity, and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous passions. He is set loose in the forest with his enchanted love drops which, when sprinkled into the eyes of the sleeping, charm the sleeper into a state of mad passion for the first person they see when they awake.
Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a partner for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.
The casts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein include Harriet Barrow, Andrea Bellamore, Nicholas Charles, James Donovan, Lily Donovan, Jack Klaff and Robert Madeley.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has scenic and lighting design by Stevie Mackie, costume design by Lara de Bruijn and Peter Todd, sound design by Jo Walker, and projections designed by Declan Randall. The Properties Master is Lauren Jean Russell. The assistant director is James Lavender, the fight director is Tom Ziebell, and the Production Stage Manager / AV Tech is John Nehlich.
After reading countless submissions, we've chosen to workshop 7 new plays this summer. Join us in listening to readings and providing feedback afterwards!