Commissioned by Center Theatre Group

PRETTY FILTHY: A new musical about the other Hollywood.

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book by Bess Wohl
Directed by Steve Cosson

Harry De Jur Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center
January 31 - March 1, 2015
Tickets $55


John Behlmann, Lulu Fall, Alyse Alan Louis, Luba Mason, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Steve Rosen, Marrick Smith, and Jared Zirilli

The Civilians' world premiere production Pretty Filthy kicks off the 100th anniversary celebration of the landmarked Harry De Jur Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center. This investigative theater company is known for tackling complex subjects with intelligence, humanity and humor. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, The Civilians' Pretty Filthy explores the real stories of people in the adult entertainment industry. Running January 31–March 1, Pretty Filthy is directed by Steve Cosson, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Bess Wohl, along with the same design team behind last season's Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.

Inspired by a tradition of classic musicals about show business, Pretty Filthy is the untold showbiz musical, based on interviews with adult entertainers. Armed with their notepads and recorders, The Civilians crossed the mountain range that divides Hollywood from the "other Hollywood"—the San Fernando Valley, world capital of porn. The artists conducted interviews and visited sets to get an insider's glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visible parts. The Civilians' time in the Valley captured a singular time in our culture; this digital era that's radically transformed the business of sex. Pretty Filthy is ultimately a story about trying to make a life and a living in an ever-changing world—a task that's all the more complicated when your work is so intimately tied to customer "satisfaction."

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Check out our Pretty Filthy podcast episodes, featuring songs from the show and performances of the verbatim interviews that inspired the musical HERE! For quick reference: episodes 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 57, 64.

This show contains material that is not suitable for children.


Book by:

Music & Lyrics by:

Direction by:

Conceived by Steve Cosson, Michael Friedman & Bess Wohl

NATHAN DAME Music Director
SAM PINKLETON Choreographer
NEIL PATEL Scenic Designer
JUSTIN TOWNSEND Lighting Designer
KEN TRAVIS Sound Designer
EMILY REBHOLZ Costume Designer
J. JARED JANAS Wigs, Hair & Makeup Designer
DARREL MALONEY Projection Designer
TERRI K. KOHLER Production Stage Manager


Laura Nix
Matt Maher
Taylor Wilcox

Literary Associate:
Alex Rosenthal


PRETTY FILTHY had two cabarets, one in February of 2011 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and one as part of The Civilians' Let Me Ascertain You series at Joe's Pub in March of 2011, in conjunction with Center Theatre Group's commission. The Civilians presented a concert version of the fictional musical at Joe's Pub on November 12, 2012, whose cast can be found HERE.


Pretty Filthy at the Abrons Arts Center

A Pretty Filthy Evening

Project Announcement 2009