After the Revolution

Play

Writers: Amy Herzog

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2010
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
may and june of 1999
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

Emma Joseph, a bright, hard-working, recent law school graduate descended from a long line of Marxists, is continuing her family’s business of fighting for progressive ideals. She founded the Joe Joseph Fund four years ago, named for her grandfather who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for refusing to name names, and is currently working to free a man on death row who is being punished for his outspoken political beliefs in much the same way. A curveball comes hurdling Emma’s way, however, when she finds out that her grandfather may have been passing information to Russians while working for the US government; a fact that was hidden from her by her father for her whole life, and one that calls into question the whole ideological basis for the activist causes she’s engaged in. In this intellectual family drama laden with lively, entertaining dialogue and thought-provoking social themes, Amy Herzog and the Josephs force us to investigate questions of loyalty, citizenship, betrayal and freedom.

Lead Characters