The Civilians is proud to announce the premiere of a new interactive performance series, You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents' Divorce Created by Civilians actors Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer Morris, and Robbie Sublett, director Anne Kauffman and dramaturg Janice Paran, You Better Sit Down was developed from the actors' interviews with their own parents, exploring their parents' marriages and subsequent divorces. The actors will portray their parents in these live performances, retelling their stories in a unique theatrical event. The performances will also be captured in a high-definition, multi-camera shoot and edited into episodes for online release.
The evening explores each couple's first meeting, the ups and downs of their marriage, their split, and the surprising perspectives on life after divorce. In these alternately funny, devastating, revelatory, and moving performances, the four actors are the conduits of their parents' stories and, inevitably though sometimes inadvertently, also of their own experiences of family division. This provocative show reveals the stories behind the statistics of one of the most prominent social phenomena of our time.
In order to further explore the widespread phenomena of divorce in the modern world, the live show will later be converted into interactive online content. The innovative video series will prominently feature footage from the filmed performances, original music, animation, and audio clips from the actors' actual interviews with their parents. These exciting episodes distributed online will go beyond the live performance to participate in the ongoing dialogue about divorce in our society.
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