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.
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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