(I AM) NOBODY'S LUNCH /
Photos by Leslie Lyons
An inventive and provocative exploration of the 21st-century condition.
— The London Times
Written and directed by Steven Cosson with songs by Michael Friedman, Nobody's Lunch is a dark ride through the landscape of American public culture. This latest creation from the Obie-winning company The Civilians asks the thorny question — how do we know what we know when everyone in power seems to be lying?
Is it possible to know what's really going on in the world when information is manipulated to serve particular interests? Does anyone really care? Delving into the politics of information, the company—in its singular signature style—conducted extensive interviews with subjects ranging from a policymaker at Homeland Security on the verge of a nervous breakdown to a plucky extraterrestrial (channeled by an equally funny human); from every Jessica Lynch in the phone book (who was willing to talk) to soldiers guarding the New York subway with unloaded weapons. Turning these interviews into a mercurial cabaret-play, a versatile cast inhabits an eccentric cast of characters, all taken from real life.
CREATIVE TEAM /
Steven Cosson from intervews written by the Company*
Music & Lyrics by:
(I AM) NOBODY'S LUNCH received its U.S. Premiere by The Civilians at 59E59 Theaters, New York City, January 19, 2006. It was directed by Steven Cosson, with the following cast: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Matt Dellapina, Brad Heberlee, Daoud Heidami, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, and Andy Boronson.
The play subsequently received its London Premiere by The Civilians at Soho Theatre, September 6, 2006. An earlier version of the play opened in September 2004 and was produced by The Civilians and presented by Performance Space 122.
The initial development of the play was supported by a residency at The Public Theater, George C. Wolfe Artistic Director. An earlier version of the play opened in September 2004 and was produced by The Civilians and presented by Performance Space 122. Development of this final version was provided with the assistance of the Sundance Institute, Philip Himberg Artistic Director, and was premiered by The Civilians in New York City, February, 2006.
London, UK. September 5 – 23, 2006
Assembly Rooms — Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh, UK. August 4 – 28, 2006
American Repertory Theatre
Cambridge, MA. April 25 – 30, 2006
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA. April 19 – 23, 2006
59 East 59th Street Theatres
New York, NY. January 19 – February 5, 2006
New York, NY. September 24 – October 17, 2006