The Civilians (Steven Cosson, Artistic Director), the award-winning New York-based theatre company known for projects investigating real life topics, presents Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy Wall Street. The Civilians' artists have been downtown talking to the 99% about the current demonstrations, our government, the economy, and the future. The cabaret evening will take this interview material and reveal the thought-provoking and unexpected, the infuriating and hilarious, the communal and the personal stories of the large and ongoing display of discontent that is Occupy Wall Street. Don't miss this one-night-only performance of monologues and songs by award-winning composer Michael Friedman crafted from interviews in The Civilians' unique style, giving voice to the people and examining the current exercise of democracy that will leave its mark our nation's history.
Performers: Emily Ackerman (This Beautiful City), Marsha Stephanie Blake (The Merchant of Venice on Broadway), Dan Domingues (The Cherry Orchard), Daoud Heidami (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Nina Hellman (Little Black Dress), Billy EuGene Jones (In the Footprint), Alix Lambert, Greg McFadden (Timon of Athens), Kelly McCreary (Passing Strange), Emily Rossell.
Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy Wall Street, October 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St.
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In Person At The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM), or at the Joe's Pub Box Office from (6 PM to 10 PM) both located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC
Founded in 2001 by Steven Cosson, The Civilians has created twelve original works that have been produced Off Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally, at theaters such as The Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., HBO's US Comedy Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, London's Soho Theatre, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Fringe First Award, 2006). The company's recent work, In the Footprint, was included in year-end "Best of 2010" lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York. 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. 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 Civilians received an Obie in 2004 in recognition of its accomplishments in its first two seasons of work.
In addition to Let Me Ascertain You, The Civilians is deeply involved in its new works: The Great Immensity, a play with music using a fictional narrative to talk about the environment and the future of our planet, which will have its world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in the 2011-12 season, and Pretty Filthy a new musical examination of the adult entertainment industry. The Civilians' Tales from My Parents' Divorce will be at ArtsEmerson in Boston in late October.