The Civilians' Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone Begins April 25

Off-Broadway News   The Civilians' Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone Begins April 25
The immersive, salon-style play, written by Claire Kiechel and directed by Steve Cosson, stars Tony Torn as Paul Swan.
Tony Torn as Paul Swan
Tony Torn as Paul Swan Michael Sharkey

Performances begin April 25 for The Civilians' newest show, the world premiere of Claire Kiechel's Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone. Presented salon-style at Torn Page (a historic town house in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood), the immersive production is helmed by Artistic Director Steve Cosson and stars Tony Torn as the real-life Paul Swan.

A dancer, painter, sculptor, and actor, Paul Swan (1883-1972) was known in New York City for his weekly salons, held in his studio atop Carnegie Hall, from the 1930s through the ‘60s. In Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone, Kiechel (who is related to Swan) resurrects the salons for an intimate audience of 30.

Completing the cast are Robert Johanson, Helen Cespedes, and Alexis Scott. Dan Safer choreographs.

Paul Swan is Dead and Gone is scheduled to run through May 19.

The creative team for the world premiere is rounded out by Andromache Chalfant (sets), An-Lin Dauber (costumes), Lucrecia Briceño (lights), and Avi Amon (sound). The production also features original music by Amon and Johanson.

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