OCT 25 - 30, 2011

“My therapist told me to buy you a punching bag because I said, ‘what can I do to help my kids’ and she said, ‘go buy a punching bag.’”

You Better Sit Down is a hysterical account of marriage and divorce, based on The Civilians artists’ interviews with their sardonic, candid, and lovable parents. Four actors—each playing his or her own parents—are conduits of their parents’ stories and, sometimes inadvertently, of their own experiences of family division. At ArtsEmerson, a coda will be added featuring young artists from Emerson College.

"Impressive skill...a kind of emotional backflip." –The Boston Globe

About The Civilians

This playfully clever theatre company that brought us In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards last January has toured extensively with presentations in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. The Civilians has also received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama Guild nominations.


  • Location: Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Written by Anne Kauffman, Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, Janice Paran, and Robbie Collier Sublett
  • Series Pioneer
  • Ages: 12+
  • Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission