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Civilians R&D Group: 2018 FINDINGS Series

R&D Program Director Megan McClain discusses the projects presented as part of the 2018 R&D FINDINGS Series and invites people to apply for the 2018-19 R&D Group.

Civilians R&D In Process: Untitled CREDIT Project

Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe share the inspiration behind "Untitled CREDIT Project," a new music-theater fantasia that examines America's volatile relationship to money and our addictive love affair with live television.

Civilians R&D In Process: Eva von Schweinitz explores “The Space between the Letters”

Eva von Schweinitz, the lead artist of "The Space between the Letters," discusses how her deep dive into adult literacy inspired her most recent work. Incorporating interviews and devising techniques, this project is being developed in the Civilians R&D Group.

Civilians R&D In Process: Deepali Gupta

Writer, composer and lyricist Deepali Gupta discusses some research topics for "I Love You Stranger," a new musical which takes a personal look at bipolar disorder. Navigating a balance of research and memoir, this work is being developed in the Civilians R&D Group.

Civilians R&D In Process: Zack Zadek on The Island

Writer, composer and lyricist Zack Zadek discusses how growing up on Long Island has inspired his new work, "Store Brand," which he is developing in the Civilians R&D Group.

Making Drug Addiction Entertaining

With this production, I’m venturing into new, fertile territory. Immersive & its close cousin Interactive theater has tremendous potential. In the case of "J & K 1965" it has the potential to give audiences an up-close look at drug addiction.

Apply for the Civilians R&D Group Now!

Megan McClain, who leads the R&D Group at the Civilians, discusses the projects that were presented at the R&D FINDINGS Series in May 2017 and invites people to apply for the 2017-18 group.

“Chains Don’t Rattle Themselves” Finds Music in Incarcerated Youths’ Stories

Alex Hare, director and co-conceiver of "Chains Don't Rattle Themselves," explores stories by formerly incarcerated writers and affected family members.

“Draw Me Close” at Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes

London's National Theatre and the National Film Board of Canada helped facilitate Jordan Tannahill's virtual reality story "Draw Me Close," which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival's Storyscapes.

Fusebox 2017: VR, Robots, and Sex Cams, Oh My!

Fusebox returns for another year of some of the best contemporary, multi-disciplinary, digital performing and visual arts in the world.

Photo Essay: “Let Me Ascertain You: Hormones”

Jasmyn Brielle's photo essay reflects on the creation of "Let Me Ascertain You: Hormones," an interview-based cabaret curated by Civilians R&D Group Members Chris Tyler, Simone Wolff and Kit Yan.

“Please Bring Balloons” Makes Theater Accessible to Toddlers

"That is my mission as an artist—is to create this accessible, inclusive theater for all. " -- Sara Morgulis

Jen Kwok Wants to Bathe You in Sonic Love

"My goal is to have some sort of spiritual connection...with the music as a vehicle." — Jen Kwok

Under the Radar Artists Detonate at The Public

James Carter interviews Under the Radar artistic director Mark Russell and featured artists, The Bengsons and Erin Markey.

A War on Christmas Doesn’t Wage Itself

Felicia Limada recently visited with five of the people who helped stage Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas, the first cabaret of the Civilians' 2016-17 season.

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