R&D Group

Announcing the Ninth Annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series – now online! – and opening applications for the 2020-2021 R&D Group

The Civilians presents the ninth annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series, running 5/29-6/22, and opens applications for the 2020-21 R&D Group.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: Directing Theater Now

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Whitney Mosery discusses directing theater in an uncertain moment and her work on Kate Douglas and Grace McLean's musical "Against Women & Music!" It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 22 at 3pm.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: SANCTUARY

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Jason Tseng describes connecting with the New Sanctuary Coalition community as part of research for Tseng's new immersive piece, "Sanctuary."

Civilians’ R&D In Process: AGAINST WOMEN & MUSIC!

In our R&D In Process Series, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Kate Douglas and Grace McLean let us in on a work session for their new musical "Against Women & Music!" It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 22 at 3pm.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: DROWN MY BOOK

Over the next several weeks, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group will take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Matt Barbot shares about "Drown My Book." It will receive a work-in-progress showing on May 29 at 7pm.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: AFRIKAN•ISCH

Ilana Becker interviewed R&D Group member Darrel Alejandro Holnes about his research process and his impetus for writing AFRIKAN•ISCH, a new play cycle drawing on ethnographic interviews Holnes conducted within Black communities in Berlin. Black Feminist Video Game, the first work in the cycle, will receive a work-in-progress showing on 6/10.

Civilians’ R&D In Process: THIS SHOW IS MONEY

Over the next several weeks, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group will take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. Today, Crystal Skillman and Gaby Alter share about "This Show Is Money." It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 15.

Adapting our Power in COVID Times

Over the next several weeks, members of our 2019-20 R&D Group will take us behind-the-scenes of their projects in development. First up is Rachel Dickstein, director and co-creator of “Candidate X” with writer Aisha Zia and composer Kamala Sankaram. It will receive a work-in-progress showing on June 5 at 3:00pm EDT.

Introducing the 2020 R&D In Process Series on Extended Play

R&D Group Program Director Ilana Becker introduces the six projects in development in the 2019-20 R&D Group. Over the next several weeks, Extended Play will be publishing interviews, songs, articles and more from the R&D artists, including previews of their work and behind-the-scenes insights into their diverse research processes.

Trap Music Meets Investigative Theater in Stacey Rose’s TRAPT

In this interview with Extended Play, the creative team behind "TRAPT," a new devised investigative theater piece about trap music, discusses their creative process and ongoing reckoning with trap music in advance of a presentation at Joe's Pub on December 16.

Civilians R&D in Process: Deborah Yarchun

Deborah Yarchun discusses "Drive," a new play exploring the lives of truck drivers who must compete with self-driving vehicles. "Drive" is being developed in the 2018-19 R&D Group.

Civilians R&D in Process: Rebecca Hart & David Kornfeld

R&D Program Director Megan McClain interviews Associate Artist Rebecca Hart about her project with composer David Kornfeld being developed in the Civilians R&D Group. Based partly on their own neurodiverse lives, the work asks questions about creativity, sanity, and what we consider "normal."

What Trap Music Means To Me: A Reckoning

Stacey Rose discusses her relationship to Trap music and how it inspired "TRAPT," a new play she is developing in the Civilians R&D Group.

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.

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