The Citizens Band at Henry St. Settlement in Oct. 2008

Fellow Citizens

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the beautiful world-traveling Spiegeltent earlier this month. It was a wonderful treat to perform in such ornate and magical surroundings.

We are thrilled to have been invited to perform "The Panic Is On" at the Henry Street Settlement on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. The Henry Street Settlement is a wonderful arts center 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 it is distinguished by a strong record of accomplishment, Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children.

"The Panic Is On" is our most recent show and is directed by acclaimed theatre director Gordon Greenberg ("Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well", "Assisted Loving"). Our melodious Citizens find themselves in a shell-shocked and blitzed-out Never-Never-Land residing somewhere between 1880-1948. In this post-party, post-apocalyptic climate, they are forced to find common ground and hope in a terror-filled world as they ponder such issues as the Wall Street crash, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own hopes for political change through a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions spanning over 150 years.

"The Panic Is On" shall be performed at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street, between Pitt and Clinton Streets. For more information on The Henry Street Settlement, including a map to the location go here:

This staging of "The Panic Is On" shall feature the delightful talents of such Citizens as Chelsea Bacon, Ian Buchanan, Michael Cavadias, Jorjee Douglass, Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Rachelle Garniez, Mike Jackson, Mark McAdam, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Rain Phoenix and Ronin.

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With warm affection and honorable admiration,

The Citizens Band