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In Our Words Makes Gay Sex Happen on Stage

Alan Bounville, Artistic Director of In Our Words, writes about turning gay sex — pre and post AIDS — into an immersive theater experience called "Adonis Memories."

Composers Michael Friedman and Adam Cork Discuss the Verbatim Film Musical “London Road”

In part-two of our "London Road" series, composer Michael Friedman interviews Tony-winner Adam Cork about his score for the verbatim film musical, which he wrote with Alecky Blythe and stars Tom Hardy.

American Theater Company’s Youth Ensemble Sets Its Sights on “This Beautiful City”

Extended Play's KC Luce interviews three students from American Theater Company's Youth Ensemble about its recent production of the Civilian's "This Beautiful City."

“The Undertaking” Outtakes: Undertaking LA

Leading up to the Civilians' production of "The Undertaking" premiering September 21-25 at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, we're featuring some great interviews that didn't make it into the play. The Civilians' artistic director Steve Cosson interviewed Amber Carvaly as part of the research for "The Undertaking."

Eileen Myles Talks the 70’s, Patti Smith, and “Poetry Voice”

"The longer I've done public readings, the more I've understood that you have to take that space, and not worry about the audience getting uncomfortable." — Eileen Myles

Lifejacket Theatre Reads Between the Lines to Find the Real “Gorey”

Lifejacket Theatre Artistic Director Travis Russ describes the process of creating a play about the enigmatic writer and artist Edward Gorey.

The Bridge Between Virtual Reality and Theater: Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes

“I think VR and theater are going to be best friends.” - Jarrad Bladich of The Mill

Civilians R&D In Process: Dominic Finocchiaro’s Reality

Playwright Dominic Finocchiaro discusses how reality television has inspired his new play, "Gold Person," which he is developing in the Civilians R&D Group.

Civilians R&D In Process: The Anarchy! Team

Civilians R&D Group members EllaRose Chary, Jay Stull and Jordan Mahome reflect on adapting their investigation into state-resistance movements for the Let Me Ascertain You cabaret stage.

Civilians R&D In Process: The Columbiners Team

Civilians R&D Group members Gordon Leary, Julia Meinwald and Benjamin Kamine are working on musical inspired by an online community of fans of the Columbine killers. Here, they share some of the visual research they have gathered in their investigation.

In the Bronx, Dan Hoyle is Hanging Out on “The Block”

The Working Theater recently commissioned writer/performer Dan Hoyle to collaborate with director Tamilla Woodard on a research-based theater piece set in the Bronx. They're in the process of creating "The Block," which will tour all five New York City Boroughs in Summer 2016.

Civilians R&D In Process: Suzanne Agins

Director Suzanne Agins describes the process of collaborating with director Benjamin Kamine on curating "Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas," the first cabaret performance of the Civilians' 2015-16 season. The show explores non-Christian perspectives on the commercialization of Christmas.

In Conversation with Helen Keller at the Transport Group

Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director of the Transport Group, reflects on the process of developing his company's show "Three Days to See" from the writings of Helen Keller. It played at New York Theater Workshop during the summer of 2015.

Negative Space: Reflections on the Civilians’ Met Museum Residency

Micharne Cloughley reflects on the Civilians' season as the first-ever theater company-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for which she wrote the play "The Way They Live."

With “10 out of 12,” Anne Washburn and Les Waters Take You Inside Tech Week

“The whole thing about a tech is that the designers are all trapped at tables... So, in a way, the degree to which an audience member is trapped in a seat is very much the way the designers are trapped at their stations."

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