Alexandra Kumala Moerdomo

Major funding support announced for

We are thrilled to announce that Artistic Director Melissa Moschitto and The Anthropologists have been awarded an NYC Women’s Fund grant for the World Premiere of No Pants In Tucson in 2021.

Drawing upon actual U.S. state laws, The Anthropologists’ newest play is a subversive physical comedy propelled by America’s obsession with regulating the female body. We were initially inspired to create this play after learning about city ordinance #44 from Tucson, Arizona, that was passed on this very day, 137 years ago. The 1883 ordinance stated that any person who appeared “in a dress not belonging to his or her sex” was subject to a fine or imprisonment in the county jail.

This ordinance was commonly interpreted to mean that women could not wear pants. 

U.S. state laws are filled with policy restricting bodily autonomy – most often that of women. With ongoing legal attacks on reproductive and transgender rights happening right now, there is no better time to be producing No Pants In Tucson

Thanks to the significant support from the NYC Women’s Fund, we will be able to ensure the World Premiere in 2021.
Until then, we are continuing to develop the play with an incredible team of women artists, innovating a digital devising process and building powerful partnerships to bring these stories to life.  With gratitude,Melissa Moschitto & The Anthropologists

p.s. we have yet to find any evidence that Ordinance #44 has been stricken from the books.
Additional funding for the development and production of
NO PANTS IN TUCSON has been granted by the Dime Community Bank Fund (a program of A.R.T./NY) and The New York State Council on the Arts.
We are grateful recipients of a Dime Community Bank Fund grant, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).As members of A.R.T./New York since 2017, we have benefited deeply from their professional training programs, access to consultants and partnerships within the field. 

The mission of this grant is to ensure every artist has a chance to tell their story.”

This funding will be used, in part, to create a new position for No Pants collaborator Alexandra Kumala. As Creative Partner – Programming & Partnership, she will be working with us to build connections with non-profit organizations whose missions align with the themes of our play and to develop dynamic performance-related programming.