Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Civilians' Gone Missing to Play Barrow Street Theatre

by Brian Scott Lipton

The New York-based experimental theater troupe The Civilians will make their official Off-Broadway debut when their acclaimed show Gone Missing begins a summer run at the Barrow Street Theatre on June 14. The production, to be directed by Steven Cosson, will open officially on June 24.

Featuring a score by Michael Friedman and a text devised by the company based on interviews with real-life New Yorkers, Gone Missing is a collection of personal accounts of things lost, ranging from keys and personal heirlooms to a Gucci pump and a dog. It was first seen in 2001 and has been revised over the past six years.

The show will star Emily Ackerman, Damian Baldet, Jennifer Morris, Stephen Plunkett, Robbie Sublett, and Colleen Werthman, who will play more than 30 characters. The creative team includes Takeshi Kata (sets), Sarah Beers (costumes), Thomas Dunn (lighting), and Ken Travis (sound).

The Civilians' other work includes Canard, Canard, Goose, The Ladies, and (I Am) Nobody's Lunch. Their newest project, This Beautiful City, explores the Evangelical movement in America.

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Photo of Damian Baldet (© Julia Benyon)