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The Civilians to Launch Michael Friedman Recording Project This Season

The lineup will also feature the world premiere of Claire Kiechel's Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone.

The Civilians' artistic director Steve Cosson will direct the world-premiere production of Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone in the spring of 2019.
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As part of its 2018-19 season, the Civilians will present the world premiere of Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone, written by Claire Kiechel and directed by Steve Cosson. Performances will run from April 25-May 19, 2019 at Torn Page.

The production is described as follows: "Each night, the Civilians' production offers a small audience an intimate, immersive salon experience. As the audience crosses the threshold into a Chelsea brownstone, they will be transported to the aesthetic world of Swan's creation brought to life by actors Tony Torn, Robert Johanson, Keilly McQuail, designers Andromache Chalfant, Lucrecia Briceño and others. It's a show not to be missed, for the main attraction, Paul Swan, may well be already dead."

The Civilians will also launch the Michael Friedman Recording Project to celebrate its late founding member, Michael Friedman, who died at the age of 41 in September, 2017. Supported by donations to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund and working in partnership with Ghostlight Records, the project will work to record cast albums of Friedman's unrecorded music from shows including The Great Immensity, The Abominables, This Beautiful City, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch, and In the Footprint.