Paris Commune - PUBLIC LAB
Directed by STEVEN COSSON
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With Kate Buddeke, Aysan Celik, Nina Hellman, Dan Lipton, Jeanine Serralles, Brian Sgambati, Jeremy Shamos, IVA, and Sam Breslin Wright
In 1871, working class Parisians overthrew the French government, declared Paris autonomous and launched an attempt to radically reinvent society. In this musical play, a versatile company of performers bring this explosive event to life. With revolutionary songs from the period and surviving first person records, Paris Commune reanimates the past and provokes our thinking about the present in a dynamic and raucous cabaret style. Since its founding in 2001 by Artistic Director Steven Cosson, the award-winning company The Civilians has created several original shows including the Off-Broadway hits (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch and Gone Missing.
Friday, April 4 - Saturday, April 19
Tuesday - Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2 & 8pm
Sunday at 3 & 7pm
**Friday, 4/18 7pm and 10pm
April 5 at 2, April 18 at 8
Thursday, April 10
Bohemian Paris: A Historian’s View
On April 10, historian Jerrold Seigel (Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics, and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Life, 1830-1930) will discuss the time surrounding the Paris Commune of 1871 with the authors of Paris Commune, Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman. The discussion between Seigel, Cosson and Friedman will be moderated by art historian Tricia Paik and will be followed by a book-signing with Seigel.
Thursday, April 17
Meet The Civilians
Dramaturg Janice Paran will host a discussion with Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman. Since 2001, The Civilians have gained prominence and praise for their unique method of creating theater via a mixture of first-person accounts and inspired creativity. This discussion will take audience members through the process of how The Civilians create a show.