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The Civilians: The Undertaking 

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$28

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29–SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

THE CIVILIANS: THE UNDERTAKING

Many a dramaturge has researched the minutiae of history—varieties of footstools in Tudor England, Shang dynasty lacquerware, the manifests of obscure naval ships, that sort of thing. But The Civilians research the amplitude of now, anatomizing contemporary attitudes on big-picture topics—environmental hazard, gentrification, animal cruelty—through extensive interviews with regular folks and field experts. In The Undertaking, the investigative theater company asks the biggest question of them all: What does it mean to die? The script is built from hundreds of interviews, many with those who have privileged access to last things, like crime-scene cleaners and E.R. nurses. The work sifts through the nitty-gritty of death—how we deal with it, how it shapes our consciousness—and the metaphysical realm of souls and afterlives it engenders. The Undertaking is theater as experimental, experiential anthropology, and it comes to Duke Performances straight from its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. —Brian Howe

DUKE'S SHEAFER LAB THEATER, DURHAM
8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat./3 p.m. Sat., $10–$28, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

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