The musical play Paris Commune – penned by Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman, the same duo responsible for the Civilians' Gone Missing — features Kate Buddeke, Aysan Celik, Nina Hellman, Dan Lipton, Jeanine Serralles, Brian Sgambati, Jeremy Shamos, IVA and Sam Breslin Wright.
Press notes for Paris Commune state, "In 1871, working class Parisians overthrew the French government, declared Paris autonomous and launched an attempt to radically reinvent society. This revolution is the basis of The Civilians' Paris Commune."
Historian and author Jerrold Seigel will take part in the April 10 talkback to discuss the era in which Paris Commune is set with the production's creators, Cosson and Friedman. Art historian Tricia Paik moderates the discussion.
Dramaturg Janice Paran appears on April 17 to host a "Meet the Civilians" talkback with Cosson and Friedman. The post-show discussion promises to give attendees insight into the creative process of the Civilians' work.
Paris Commune plays a limited engagement through April 20. The production features scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Sarah Beers, lighting design by Thomas Dunn and sound design by Ken Travis. Upcoming works in the Public Lab series include The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (May 16-June 1); Rebecca Cohen's Penalties & Interest (June 10-28); and Scott Hudson's Sweet Storm (June 28-29).
Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 and 7 PM.
The Public Theater is located in Manhattan at 425 Lafayette Street. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.publictheater.org.