Ah, the Edwardians or, more correctly, given our play's Teutonic bent, the Second Reichers.
We're looking at a world where women have been kept, quite literally, in bondage, in their own clothing. But all of that is coming to an end. Only 10 years after our play Germany's Weimar Republic will earn its reputation as one of the most decadent periods in modern history.
The underpants takes place between this: a total covering of the female body that is, for the viewer, hypersexualized, and somewhat hellish for the wearer.
In short, we're at that in-between point where representatives of the status quo are most confused and nervous.
Fnding ways to represent the in-between-ness of it all will be a challenge. Suggestions?