It’s always fascinating to be a small piece of an enormous work, such as This is Reading. For months, you hear bits and bobs about the grand scheme but focus only on your tiny piece. This past weekend, we saw it all come together at Franklin Street Station.
The Civilians’ first show ever was “Canard, Canard, Goose,” created in 2001 to explore alleged geese abuse in the Adirondacks. The investigation, inspired by a rumor about the geese in the feature film “Fly Away Home,” brought up questions about home, truth, and how we know what we know — all themes particularly relevant to New York artists in the post-9/11 winter of 2001. This episode preserves a live concert version of the show, performed at Joe’s Pub in 2011 to commemorate our tenth anniversary. Along with original cast members Aysan Celik and Jennifer R. Morris, the evening featured actors Matthew Dellapina, Greg McFadden, Brandon Miller, Caitlin Miller, and Maria Elena Ramirez. The play marked Michael Friedman’s debut as a theatrical composer.
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