Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson, The Civilians creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Last season saw two highly successful Civilians shows in New York: Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons, which was included in eight Top 10 of 2013 Lists and even deemed worthy of a Tony nod in Ben Brantley's "Should Have Been Nominated" list, as well as The Great Immensity at The Public Theatre. This season, the company is the Artist-in-Residence of Met Museum Presents at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Since its founding in 2001, the Obie award-winning company has been produced at numerous theaters in New York, including BAM Next Wave, Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street Theater, Playwrights Horizons and The Public; nationally at Center Theatre Group, the TED Conference, HBO’s US Comedy Festival, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Works by the company have toured extensively to arts presenters and festivals with presentations in over 40 cities nationally, and internationally at London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre.
Paris Commune had its world premiere at ArtsEmerson and at the BAM Fisher in the Next Wave Festival in 2012. The run at BAM sold out in forty-eight hours and received rave reviews. In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards played to packed houses at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene. It received excellent reviews and was included in many "Best of 2010" lists, including Charles Isherwood's of The New York Times, Adam Feldman's of Time Out New York, and The New Yorkers'. This Beautiful City enjoyed a critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theater in 2009 receiving Lucille Lortel, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations. The long-running hit Gone Missing ran for seven months at Off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theater and was cited by The New York Times as one of the "10 Best Plays of 2007." The company is presently developing several new projects, including Another Word for Beauty with playwright José Rivera and composer Hector Buitrago, and Times Square with music and lyrics by Jill Sobule and Robin Eaton and a book by Jim Lewis.
The Civilians’ popular podcast series, Let Me Ascertain You, is available through iTunes. The Civilians: An Anthology of Six Plays is published by Playscripts. Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, and In the Footprint have been published by Dramatists Play Service. The Civilians received an Obie in 2004 in recognition of its accomplishments in its first two seasons of work The Civilians received an Obie in 2004 in recognition of its accomplishments in its first two seasons of work.
"The Civilians… has demonstrated impressive longevity in an environment increasingly inhospitable to small nonprofits. The secret to their success might very well be their refusal to be pigeonholed, defying expectations with every new production." — Stage Directions
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