American Laboratory: Touch Me In Kansas


Touch Me in Kansas is a dioramic homage to the USAmerican West, the cinematic tropes of ‘The Western’, and the domestication of certain US American beasts.

Performances April 12, 16, 20, & 24 from 8-10pm

The American Laboratory wonders: [W]hat [are] the consequences for their being unsafe with their bodies? [Do] we need to practice being safe *all the time* with our bodies? And equally important, give them [...Are there] alternatives for rough play[?] Do they need [milk] for their muscles on rainy days, do they need more [milk]? What about “wrestling time” in a safe, enclosed [but public] area [covered in animal bedding] in the evening for a set amount of time [like 8-10pm], and then that’s IT?

Q & A forum from how-can-i-get-my-boys-to-stop-wrestling-and-being-so-rough.

[Bracketed additions/elisions by the American Laboratory.]

The American Laboratory is not a theatre company. It is not an art collective. It is not a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. The American Laboratory is an experiment, an aesthetic space, and an expanding collection of ephemeral artifacts. The Laboratory is a committee of artists testing the limit and agency of communication and memory, employing America herself as a test subject. The work is an installation of performance and material assemblage. Working with ‘found’ artists of differing media, the Laboratory deconstructs forms and systems, views them independently, and reassembles them while maintaining the integrity and independence of each.

Michael Stablein, Jr. and Kirin McCrory, Project Coordinators of the American Laboratory, develop works of experimental performance which question, fracture, and relish in modes of the USAmerican experience through a technical process of plagiarizing, pastiching, damaging and sometimes banishing linguistic communication through memory.

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