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I had an unusually amount of time off between the Providence Leg of King Lear and the Dallas Leg, so I am doing not one, but two new musical workshops.

This is Workshop number at Joe's Pub this Monday . . .


The Civilians (Steven Cosson, Artistic Director), the award-winning New York-based theater company known for projects investigating real life topics, presents a one-night-only concert performance at Joe’s Pub of Pretty Filthy, a new musical about the adult entertainment industry.

In 2009, Civilians artists ventured out to Vegas and California's San Fernando Valley to conduct research and talk to directors, performers, agents, and producers about the ins and outs of the dirty movie biz: how they do it, and what it takes to make it. These industry insiders shared the nitty-gritty of how they started, how to become a star, and how technological advancements have affected the genre. This performance marks the first public showing of The Civilians highly-anticipated new fictional musical inspired by this research. Featuring music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway) and book by Bess Wohl (Touch(ed) at the Williamstown Theater Festival), the show follows the exploits of an ambitious young woman breaking into the industry and tells the story of her relationships, sexuality, and fight for fame in an under-regulated, over-saturated market.

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book by Bess Wohl
Directed by Steve Cosson

Heidi Blickenstaff (Broadway: [title of show], The Full Monty),
Heath Calvert (Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair),
Derek Klena (Off Broadway: Dogfight, Carrie),
Li Jun Li (Broadway: South Pacific),
Luba Mason (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago),
Jim Newman (Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody (Upcoming), Curtains),
Darius Nichols (Broadway: Hair, South Pacific),
Kate Rockwell (Broadway: Bring It On: The Musical, Hair),
Steve Rosen (Broadway: Guys and Dolls, The Farnsworth Invention)
This performance contains material that is not suitable for children under the age of 18.
Pretty Filthy at Joe’s Pub, November 12 at 6:30PM
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St.

Available online at;
By phone at 212-967-7555;
In person at the Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM), or at the Joe’s Pub Box Office from (6 PM to 10 PM) both located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

For table reservations, please call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does NOT guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

Founded in 2001 by Steven Cosson, The Civilians has created twelve original works that have been produced Off Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally, at theaters such as The Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., HBO’s US Comedy Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, London’s Soho Theatre, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Fringe First Award, 2006). The company’s recent work, In the Footprint, was included in year-end “Best of 2010” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York. This Beautiful City enjoyed a critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theater in 2009 receiving Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations. Gone Missing ran for seven months at Off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theater and was cited by The New York Times as one of the “10 Best Plays of 2007.” The Civilians received an Obie in 2004 in recognition of its accomplishments in its first two seasons of work.

In addition to Pretty Filthy, The Civilians recently presented the world premiere of Paris Commune at ArtsEmerson in Boston and in BAM’s 30th Next Wave Festival. The company is also deeply involved in the development of a new play with music about the annual beauty pageant in the national women’s prison in Bogotá, Colombia, and The Great Immensity, about the environmental crisis, which received funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Your props list is going to be fantastic.