The curve of a bicep, a breast, a chest hair: geometry of the body made uniquely possible by sex hormones. Whether manufactured in the body or the lab, these substances transform our bodies inside and out. Hormones can be magical, alchemical: pills allow us to control our fertility, shots help us affirm our genders, a smear of gel boosts our performance in (and out of) the bedroom. But like any substance, access and quality is not evenly distributed. Join The Civilians as they both celebrate and interrogate the roles hormones play in our lives, loves and bodies.
Hormones 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 Chris Tyler, Simone Wolff and Kit Yan. 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.