The Civilians Presents LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: OCCUPY #S17, 9/17

The Civilians Presents LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: OCCUPY #S17, 9/17

The Civilians (Steven Cosson, Artistic Director), the award-winning New York-based theater company known for projects investigating real life topics, presents Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy #S17 on September 17 at Joe's Pub. The cabaret will focus on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and will feature monologues and songs crafted from interviews with activists conducted by Civilians artists throughout the past year. The one-night-only performance in The Civilians' entertaining and thought-provoking style will illuminate many of the diverse individual voices behind these large-scale protests, examine how this dynamic call to action has evolved, and explore what its future holds.

Groups from across the nation will gather on September 17 to share in the storytelling of this historic movement. The Civilians has put out a call to students, artists, activists, and others to use The Civilians' interviews to curate #S17 performances in their communities. All of The Civilians' interview transcripts are posted and available for free download on the company's website, along with helpful tips for creating investigative performances. Groups from Portland, Albuquerque, and Cincinnati are already signed on, and The Civilians invites any interested parties to email for more information about participating. #S17 performances will be video recorded and featured on The Civilians Tumblr,

Let Me Ascertain You is The Civilians' ongoing cabaret and podcast series. Live performances are recorded and released online as a podcast available for free on iTunes.

Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy #S17, September 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St.


Online at,

Phone 212-967-7555,

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

For table reservations please call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does NOT guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

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 recently had 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 also recently completed the New York premiere of You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents' Divorce and the world premiere of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Paris Commune will play at ArtsEmerson in Boston and at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music Fisher Building's Next Wave Festival in September and October of this year.

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