The Civilians return to Joe’s Pub with a brand new installment of their ongoing LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU Cabaret Series. Each one-night-only event centers on a theme and features actors performing interviews and original songs from the next generation of musical theater composers.
LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: War on Christmas is an evening of verbatim interview excerpts and new music that gives voice to diverse cultural and religious minorities in America, focusing on their experiences and responses to the commercialization of Christmas. This new cabaret is curated and directed by The Civilians 2015-16 R&D Group Members Suzanne Agins and Benjamin Kamine in collaboration with The Civilians’ 2015-16 Field Research Team. The evening will feature original songs from Michael Friedman, Andrea Grody, Erato Kremmyda, Grace McLean, Julia Meinwald/ Gordon Leary, Kamala Sankaram, Tidtaya Sinutoke/ Ty Defoe and Brandon Walker.
Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson, The Civilians create new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Recent successes include Pretty Filthy, which received nominations for 2015 Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical, Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons, which was included in eight “Top 10 of 2013” roundups, as well as The Great Immensity at the Public Theater. The Civilians was the first theater company chosen as Artist-in-Residence of Met Museum Presents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014-2015. Since its founding in 2001, the Obie award-winning company has been presented at numerous theaters in New York, including BAM, Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Public Theater; nationally at Center Theatre Group, the TED Conference, HBO’s US Comedy Festival, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, and more. Works by the company have toured extensively to arts presenters and festivals with presentations in over 40 cities nationally and internationally.