As part of the previously announced run of YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE, the Flea and The Civilians today announced YOU BETTER SIT DOWN SALON NIGHTS: YOUR TALES TAKE THE STAGE, a series of post-play events.
Every Wednesday and Saturday evening following the show, we offer our audiences a rare opportunity to get personally engaged and share in the storytelling. Civilians' artists and The Flea's resident Acting Company, The Bats, will develop short scenes and songs from material contributed by audiences both in the theater and online based on questions related to personal experiences with divorce and relationships. In addition, a unique collaboration of artists and organizations including playwrights Jason Grote (a writer on NBC's Smash) and Jon Kern (a writer on The Simpsons), Michael Schulman of The New Yorker, composer Michael Friedman, and singer-songwriters Kamara Thomas, and Sam Bisbee will present works as part of these one-of-a-kind events.
The Flea Theater and The Civilians present the New York Premiere of The Civilians' YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE, by Anne Kauffman, Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, Janice Paran and Robbie Collier Sublett. Conceived by Jennifer R. Morris and directed by Anne Kauffman, previews begin April 7 for this limited-run Off-Broadway engagement, with opening night slated for April 12.
Four members of The Civilians sat their parents down and asked them for the real story behind their divorces. Each actor assumes the role of their own mother or father (or in one case, both) in a show crafted entirely from those verbatim interviews. YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE is shockingly candid, unexpectedly hilarious, and proves that what we want to know about our parents' lives and what we actually should know are two totally different things.
YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE is performed by Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, and Robbie Collier Sublett with a production team that includes Mimi Lien (scenic design), Sarah Beers (costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting), Leah Gelpe (sound design), Caite Hevner (projection design), and Megan Dickert (stage manager).