The Civilians

The Civilians

The Civilians
Artistic Director, Steve Cosson
An unprecedented creative collaboration between a forward-thinking theater company and a global museum.

The Civilians is a New York–based theater company that creates original work derived from investigations into the world beyond the theater. As Artist in Residence during the 2014–15 season, the group explores the Museum and—through the alchemy of stagecraft, songs, and stories—creates original works of theater inspired by narratives uncovered through their investigation into the objects, ideas, and people that inhabit the Met.

Let Me Ascertain You                     
Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
The Petrie Court Café 
Tickets: $25 (includes one cocktail)

An evening of songs and stories from The Civilians’ repertoire of topics, this work delves into love, beauty, conflict, and the human condition.

The End and the Beginning
Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Tickets: $25

A magical, romp through dying, death, and the afterlife, this performance is staged in the incomparable Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

The Way They Live
Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Tickets: $25 (includes one cocktail)

A new work, commissioned by Met Museum Presents, The Way They Live is a theatrical treatment of the Met’s American Wing, embracing the immense complexity of what it means to be an American.

Above: The Civilians © Sheldon Noland

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

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C&L brochure

Featuring: Artist in Residence The Civilians, Attacca Quartet, Ryoji Ikeda's Superposition, John Zorn, Salif Keita, Cory Arcangel, Christopher Taylor, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Anna Wintour, and more.

View the 2014–15 season brochure.

Under 30 Selected concerts throughout the year offer special $1 tickets for kids (ages 7–16) accompanied by an adult purchasing a full-price ticket (maximum three children's tickets per paying adult).

See a list of selected Bring the Kids concerts.