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The Civilians have their eye on divorce – Brooklyn Paper

The Civilians have their eye on divorce

Jennifer Morris, seen here in an earlier Civilians’ production, plays her mother in “You Better Sit Down,” a new play about divorce.
Leslie Lyons

The latest production from The Civilians troupe, which has delved into the Atlantic Yards project and Evangelical Christians, now turns its eye on something really controversial: divorce.

“You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce” was conceived by actress Jennifer Morris (pictured) and centers on a lamp that always came between her divorced parents.

“I find it interesting, arguing about an inanimate object while all this stuff swirls around it,” said Morris. “That was the inspiration for the whole project.”

The final play includes dialogue culled from interviews that all four actors conducted with their parents — who are brought to life on stage by their children.

“It felt like a very personal inquiry when we have the children playing the parents,” said Anne Kauffman, one of the co-writers. “It’s an investigation of marriage from one generation to another.

“You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce” runs at Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Main Street in DUMBO, (718) 222-8500], Nov. 12-14, 8 pm. Tickets are $15.

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