Investigative theater company
The Civilians, a Brooklyn-based investigative theater company, begin the first installment of a unique three-part residency with performances of their latest piece of work, The Undertaking, on September 29, 30 and October 1. The Undertaking, which uses transcripts of actual conversations with shamans, morticians, philosophers, and mystics as the script, just premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival and stops at Duke before traveling to Paris as part of the Brooklyn-Paris Exchange. The company's established modus operandi involves creating each original piece in a collaborative process based on personal interviews with "civilians" on topics that resonate with the group as deeply intriguing. These topics have ranged from the porn industry (their 2015 musical Pretty Filthy) to a revolutionary historic event (2012's Paris Commune) to this year's offering of The Undertaking, “a playful and profound 21st-century take on the classic trip to the underworld,” according their website http://www.thecivilians.org/.
Photo: Irene Lucio and Dan Domingues in “The Undertaking,” at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space.CreditJoshua Bright for The New York Times