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The Dispatcher: Carrying Green is a political satire and comedy set in the near future. New York City is nicknamed The Big Orange after decades of relentless government-issued orange alert status. The play chronicles the day-to-day engagements of a radio dispatcher for hire (private contractor of the airwaves). Among dispatch clientele are a neighborhood vigilante patrol of canine-identified humans formed out of a therapeutic support group. They call themselves the Sniff Squad.
Current and upcoming installation viewings:
6th Werkleitz Biennale in Halle, Germany from Sept 1-5, 2004
Postmasters Gallery in New York from Aug 29 - Sept 2, 2004
The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco from Sept 17 Oct 16, 2004
Commissioned by 6th Werkleitz Biennale taking place September 1 - 5, 2004 in Halle (Salle), Germany for this year's festival theme Common Property. Written and directed by Kristin Lucas. Sound recording by Tom Roe at free103point9 studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Animals of the Bible of San Antonio and Zom Zoms of Austin provided the music.
Pictured: Lucas's freshman performance class as "Sniff Squad" at University of Texas in Austin.
Pictured: The original Sniff Squad team patroling the Williamsburg Bridge in March 2004.
The original Sniff Squad patrol debuted in March 2004 for a public performance on New York's Lower East Side while Lucas was a participant of the Artists Alliance Rotating Studio Program. The initial objective was to sniff around for missing civil liberties. The Sniff Squad characters in this script were also informed by an art class exercise on University of Texas campus, Spring 2004. The performance focused on understanding the power and authority that came with a uniformed presence in a post 9-11 era, balancing canine and human behavior, inventing jargon and wordplay, setting up and breaking our own rules as performers on the fly.