Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas is back at Joe's Pub for the second year in a row with all new material! An evening of verbatim interview excerpts and original music, War on Christmas shares the experiences of religious and cultural minorities living with the ubiquity of Christmas in the U.S.
War on Christmas is part of The Civilians' Let Me Ascertain You cabaret series and is curated and directed by the Civilians 2016-17 R&D Group members Suzanne Agins and Benjamin Kamine. Interviews were conducted by members of The Civilians' Field Research Team.
Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson, the Civilians generates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Recent successes include The Undertaking presented at BAM Next Wave and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris as part of the Brooklyn-Paris Exchange, Rimbaud in New York, the Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominated Pretty Filthy, Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons (which is one of the most produced plays in the country), and The Great Immensity at the Public Theater. The Civilians was the first theater company chosen as Artist-in-Residence of Met Museum Presents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014-2015. Since its founding in 2001, the Obie award-winning company has been presented at numerous theaters in New York, including BAM, Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Public Theater; nationally at Center Theatre Group, the TED Conference, HBO’s US Comedy Festival, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, and more. Works by the company have toured extensively to arts presenters and festivals with presentations in over 40 cities nationally and internationally.