The Citizens Band present The Debt Rattle

20071202_citband_dThe Citizens Band will bring their eighth original show, “The Debt Rattle,” to the Henry Street Settlement this October. “The Debt Rattle” is the troupe’s first show since the new political administration took office.

Dates: Thurs Oct 22nd, Fri Oct 23rd, Sat Oct 24th (8 pm each night)
Location: Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street, b/w Pitt and Clinton St.

Performers for “The Debt Rattle” include Chelsea Bacon, Ian Buchanan, Michael Cavadias, Adam Crystal, Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Rachelle Garniez, Mike Jackson, Greg Jarrett, Zoe Kravitz, Dave Lebleu, Mark McAdam, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix and Ronin, with musical direction by Spring Awakening’s Kimberly Grigsby, and special guest performers Justin Bond (Kiki and Herb) and Mr. Blue. “The Debt Rattle” also reunites the troupe with acclaimed director Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well; Assisted Loving) who worked with the troupe on their 2008 show, “The Panic is On.” Set designers Dino Siampos and Sam Wheeler round out the production.

“The Debt Rattle,” finds the Citizens struggling to make sense of the post-crash social order. Fallen from grace, a disparate group of bankers, dust bowl nomads, Hooverville residents, down on their luck showgirls, and American sweethearts take shelter from the economic storm in a marathon dance hall promising food, warmth and prize money if they can outlast their competitors. Through their struggles, disappointments and victories, they reacquaint themselves with basic human values. Filled with classic and original songs from jug band, to Depression-era ballads, agit-prop to swing and aerial arts, dance and a sprinkling of Citizens Band magic, “The Debt Rattle” looks to the past to understand the present and the promise of a better future.

The Henry Street Settlement was founded in 1893 by social work pioneer Lillian Wald and based on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Delivering a wide range of social service and arts programming to more than 100,000 New Yorkers each year, Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children.

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