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Featured Video: "Margin of Error" from The Great Immensity. Music & Lyrics by: Michael Friedman
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This year The Civilians lost our beloved friend, founding Associate Artist and Board Member Michael Friedman. Along with so many others, we are heartbroken to lose him, and we are deeply saddened that his life was cut short. Michael was truly a singular soul. We are so very fortunate to have made a theater company with him, and to have had him in our lives. While his absence will always be felt by our community, he remains present with us, as we hold him in our hearts, and as we carry forward his artistic legacy. We share our grief with his family, his many friends and collaborators, and with all those who will miss him as we do.
Photograph by Jared Siskin / Patrick McMullan via GettyRemembering Michael Friedman — The New Yorker, September 11, 2017
Meet the 2017-18 R&D Group! Projects this year will investigate a wide cross- section of topics including gentrification in East Harlem, social inequities examined through the lens of adult literacy rates, the intersection of Americana, credit cards, and pay-to-play religiosity, and more.
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There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. The Civilians’ mission is to connect theater and society by taking on the most challenging, insurmountable questions of our day. We actively seek out and share diverse perspectives and ask the difficult questions — and we have no plans to slow down or stop. We ask you to support our outward facing mission, to go far & wide to gather untold stories. Now, more than ever, is the time for those stories to be told and the work to be bold.
Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever, but he's worried th is could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “ kid ” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse .
A New Devised Play by C.A. Johnson
Working in residence at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, Johnson will collaborate with Civilians Artistic Director Steve Cosson, Associate Artist Jennifer Morris and a company of twelve acting students to investigate the turbulent landscape of our present political era. Using interviews, observations and company-based methods, the group will excavate what may be driving the rising appetite for authoritarian leadership; the rampant fear-mongering, racism, and xenophobia; and the dangerous drift towards extremism. The student company will perform in a workshop presentation at NYU in December 2018.
In part to of our “London Road” series, composer Michael Friedman interviews Tony-winner Adam Cork about his score for the verbatim film musical, which he wrote with Alecky Blythe and stars Tom Hardy.
Let Me Ascertain You: The Podcast is an audio podcast series of performances crafted from interviews with real people about current and controversial topics, including Occupy Wall Street, Atlantic Yards, the adult entertainment industry, Evangelical Christianity, and more. The series includes songs and scenes from past plays and current projects, plus sneak peaks at works in development.
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