Ten years after "The Great Immensity," received a National Science Foundation grant that drew the ire of Congressional Republicans, The Civilians' Artistic Director Steve Cosson discusses the complicated relationship between the government and arts organizations.
Colorado Springs is home to many national Evangelical organizations, including Focus on the Family and New Life Church. Civilians artists spent time there investigating the shifting lines between church and state, viewing the city as a microcosm for many issues present in America. The verbatim interviews were used in our play “This Beautiful City,” although those featured in this episode did not make it into the final production. Here, Emily Ackerman plays an elderly pro-life protester, Colleen Werthmann plays an Anabaptist thespian/activist, and Matt Dellapina plays an Evangelical cadet. Alison Weller sings “End Times,” a song written for the show by Michael Friedman.
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