A New Investigative Show by The Civilians
The Civilians’ new work of investigative theater, THE UNDERTAKING will premiere in fall 2016 at the BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival. Written and directed by Steve Cosson in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of artists. The Undertaking examines mortality as a lens to explore how we understand life. For the ancients, it was essential: a journey unto the land of the dead as the only means of retrieving something crucial to life. In The Undertaking, writer-director Steve Cosson and theater company The Civilians offer a playful and profound 21st-century take on that underworld excursion. Using transcripts of actual conversations with shame, morticians, philosophers, and mystics as their script, two actors toe the precipice, inhabiting the twilight between being and non-being, transcendent visions with ayahuasca, flirtations with existential dread, and bouts of cosmic bliss. Inventive video and sound contribute to this engrossing attempt to see the unseeable, moving toward the light while illuminating how to live.
World Premiere at BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival, September 21-25, 2016.
Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, France
Available for touring in the 2017 season.
The Civilians is a company that creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present.
Through a number of artistic programs, The Civilians advances theater as an engine of artistic innovation and strengthens the connections between theater and society. An artist-led company, The Civilians creates and produces new theater and pursues our artistic mission through programs serving artists and the public. The company’s work is grounded in investigative theater, an artistic practice rooted in the process of creative inquiry. Investigative theater brings artists into dynamic engagement with the subject of their work; the artists look outward in pursuit of pressing questions, often engaging with individuals and communities in order to listen, make discoveries, and challenge habitual ways of knowing. The ethos of investigative theater extends into production, inviting audiences to be active participants in the inquiry before, during, and after the performance. Believing that a culture of ongoing innovation and vitality is fed by having artists be a central part of our organization, we sustain a multi-disciplinary community of Associate Artists as a core component of the company.
Written and Directed by Steve Cosson
Creative Collaborator and Psychopomp: Jessica Mitrani
Set and Costume Design: Marsha Ginsberg
Lighting Design: Thomas Dunn
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Projection Design: Tal Yarden
Featuring: Irene Lucio and Dan Domingues
Additional information can be found about The Civilians at www.thecivilians.org
Available for touring in 2017. Contact Ronee Penoi for more details.