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 is also recently completed the New York premiere of You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents' Divorce.
For more information, visit www.thecivilians.org.