Institute History

  • 2010 Theatre Lab on Governors Island


The filming of an ironically racist TV commercial kicks off this fierce burlesque of America’s love/hate obsession with food. A feral pig on a rampage, mass choreography, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson using hip-hop to sell snacks, auto-erotic asphyxiation, chaos theory, and the search for love, meaning and hope during the 2008 presidential election – all braided together to devastating effect. Civilization is a commission of Clubbed Thumb, with support from the NY State Council on the Arts.

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