The Undertaking is a "morbidly funny" and "thought-provoking" (The New York Times, Critic's Pick) playful and idiosyncratic take on the classical trip to the land of the dead. Drawing on The Civilians' (Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Gone Missing) exploration into the anxieties and mysteries of mortality, the play takes the idea of the recorded interview and pushes it into surprising (and personal) new places.
The Civilians is a theater company dedicated to creating and producing work that dynamically engages our broader social and political environment. They support artists’ efforts to interrogate our lived experience, question and test the stories that shape our world, and awaken new thinking and perceptions through their creations. Their work is led by founder Steve Cosson, and is rooted in a multi-disciplinary community of artists that includes long-term company members, project-specific collaborators, and participants in its ongoing programming. Drawing on core values of innovation and experimentation, they create and produce in a variety of formats and aesthetics, tailored to the needs of each project: work may be driven by an individual artist, a collaborative team, or be company-devised. Many of their projects take the form of investigative theater, a term they coined to describe their artistic and journalistic process of creative inquiry, research, and interaction with communities and individuals. They sustain an active R & D Program, including an investigative theater cabaret series and podcast, an annual readings series from our multi-disciplinary incubator the R & D Group, developmental workshops, and an online journal.
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“Stunning… This investigation of death brings us such new respect for life.” – Theatre is Easy, Best Bet
“An unexpectedly pleasant glance into the valley of the shadows.” - Village Voice