Bootstraps: An American Fable

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Blog | One Comment
Bootstraps: An American Fable

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.

This November, the TOUR CONTINUES.  If you would like to host a Bootstraps performance at your venue please contact

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