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THE WAY THEY LIVE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 2015

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“Recently, Cloughley and her colleagues could be seen roving the galleries of the American Wing, researching the production that is to serve as the culmination of their residency: an ambitious investigation of what it means to be an American, titled “The Way They Live.”” Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker

“I am unaware of any collaboration that, like the Civilians at the Met, has attempted to use visual art to create performance art — to translate one art form into the other. The possibilities that could emerge out of greater connections between museums and theaters — practical, economic, and aesthetic — are thrilling.” Jonathan Mandell, New York Theater

“The Civilians’ groundbreaking residency is part of a three-year-old performance series called the Met Museum Presents. “It goes way beyond, ‘Oh, we have an Impressionism show, let’s program some French music from the late 19th century,’” says Limor Tomer, general manager of concerts and lectures at the Met and supervisor of the presenting initiative. “What we’re doing with the Civilians is unprecedented. For the work they’re creating, they’re taking the source material from the Met collection, so they’re collaborating deeply with our curatorial staff.” Diep Tran, American Theatre

“Cloughley concurred that one of her main objectives in scripting the show was to include as diverse a range of voices and opinions as possible. At the same time, she was careful not to pigeon hole people into only speaking about works that only related directly to their own identity. Cloughley, originally from Australia, says, “All the issues in this play are discussed all the time across America. So it was interesting how quickly in personal conversation [with interviewees] you get into complex, fresh perspectives and stories that go past the familiar head lines and arguments. The complexity of a single interview was immense, and that’s just one unique perspective.” Amelia Parenteau, Culturebot

“As part of her own upcoming residency with the company, Cloughley is serving as head writer on The Way They Live, a piece of theatre which investigates the Met’s American Wing.

“We’re asking the question of what it is to be an American,” Cloughley says. “The Wing has work from the 1700s through to the early 1900s, so it’s very exciting with that broad a scope to look at — particularly the divisions and the idea of ‘how the other side’ lives, whether that be the wealthy and the labourers, the colonisers and the native people, or the free and the slaves.” An Australian in New York: Micharne and The Civilians : Ben Neutze, The Daily Review

ONE FLESH: Adelaide Fringe Festival, March 2012

“It’s a tight and nicely-wrought little piece which delivers its irony as a stunning backhander.” **** Samela Harris, Adelaide Advertiser

“A young couple is at the crucial and volatile juncture of becoming ‘one flesh’. Their emotional biochemical storm lashes against the crucial responsibility and pressure to make adult decisions that appease both themselves, each other and their community. In this volatile greenhouse, a disagreement over a single word is the seed that flourishes into an escalating divergence, between the couple, of emotionally biblical proportions.” Daniel McInnes, Stage Whispers

“this new piece from playwright Micharne Cloughley and developed at NIDA disarms as it invites you to witness the relationships of others as they make and break them” Carolyn Lake, Rip It Up Guide

ALMOST WATERSHEDS: NYC Playwrights Spring Fundraiser 2010

“This play has qualities similar to Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN. Both fully exploit the properties of live theater, relying on the audience’s imagination to complete the circuit between the author’s mind and theirs, which causes an emotional resonance… ALMOST WATERSHEDS has an impact on me very close to the impact that OUR TOWN has – but Cloughley manages to do it in ten minutes.” Nancy McClernan, NYC Playwrights