The Civilians is the center for investigative theater, boldly exploring the intersections of theater and society. Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson and working with a multi-disciplinary group of Associate Artists, the company commissions, develops and produces new plays for audiences in New York, nationally and internationally; creatively engages communities through artistic and educational programs, and stimulates the field to broaden the scope of the theater in all aspects—subject matter, audience, use of online media, and more. All of these efforts serve to advance theater as an engine of artistic and social innovation and as a critically vital part of our social fabric.
Since its founding in 2001, The Civilians has supported the creation of fourteen original shows which have been produced at numerous theaters in New York including BAM Next Wave, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Vineyard Theatre; nationally at Center Theatre Group, A.R.T., La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, HBO's US Comedy Festival, Woolly Mammoth, and Actors Theatre of Louisville among others. Works by the company have toured extensively to arts presenters and festivals with presentations in over 40 cities nationally, and internationally.
The company's recent work, Be the Death of Me had its world premiere at The Irondale Center in Fort Greene Brooklyn. Mr. Burns had its world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and was named the best show of 2012 in The Washington Post's year-end top ten list. 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 new projects with artists including Artistic Director Steve Cosson, composers Michael Friedman and Kirsten Childs, director Anne Kauffman, and playwrights Jordan Harrison, Anne Washburn, Bess Wohl, and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Lynn Nottage.
Playscripts recently published The Civilians: An Anthology of Six Plays. 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… 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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