Boy Genius. Rebel. Visionary.

Written and Directed by Steve Cosson
Poems by Arthur Rimbaud translated by John Ashbery
Produced by BAM with major support from the Poetry Foundation

Songs by multiple composers*

Boy genius, rebel, visionary, Rimbaud set off a bomb in the world of letters with the publication of Illuminations. 130 years later, this dazzling book of poems, written mostly in prose, continues to amaze . John Ashbery's recent highly-acclaimed translation offers us these poems through the wonderfully precise and always surprising language of one of America's greatest contemporary poets. For Rimbaud in New York, The Civilians create a wildly original, playful and enriching inquiry into the meaning and legacy of Illuminations, staging how these revolutionary poems continue to resonate in the American imagination, setting off explosions in the minds of new readers. The show finds Rimbaud in the 1950s of Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, in the downtown scene of the 1970s and in the many artists and musicians he's influenced -- Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, David Wojnarowicz and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name a few. But, most centrally the show focuses on the poems themselves, which The Civilians animate through performance, song and an eclectic theatricality that brings Rimbaud into the present, here and alive in New York City.

*Featuring songs by Adam Cochran, Michael Friedman, Rebecca Hart, Joseph Keckler, Matthew Dean Marsh and Grace McLean.

Photos: Kyle Dean Reinford


Written and Directed by:Steve Cosson

Songs From:
Adam Cochran
Michael Friedman
Rebecca Hart
Joseph Keckler
Matthew Dean Marsh
Grace McLean

Performed By:
Adam Cochran
Harriett D. Foy
Rebecca Hart
Joseph Keckler
Jo Lampert
Tony Torn
Dito Van Reigersberg

Sceneic Design: Andromache Chalfant
Costume Design: Paloma Young
Lighting Design: Eric Southern
Sound Design and Additional Compositions: Daniel Kluger
Music Direction: Matthew Dean Marsh

The Civilians are produced and represented by Octopus Theatricals:
Artistic Advisor/Producer: Mara Isaacs
Project Consultant: Julia Glawe


The World Premiere of Rimbaud in New York was produced by BAM with major support from the Poetry Foundation.
March 1 - March 6, 2016
BAM Fisher
Fishman Space
321 Ashland Place Brooklyn, NY 11217

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