The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved. AFTER THE REVOLUTION is a bold and moving portrait of an American family, thrown into an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy.
"AFTER THE REVOLUTION is a shrewd, ironic meditation on what we do with history, how we appropriate it for our own psychological needs. Among the play's many pleasures—a firm grasp of historical paradox, sharp dialogue—the most satisfying is the way the characters struggle through their differences to listen to one another. The ability to listen is, perhaps, the definition of love. Herzog's accomplishment is to trap this rare sense of connection." —The New Yorker. "…crackles with intelligence and is laced with welcome wit." —BackStage. "…smart, engrossing…Ms. Herzog elucidates the personal history of three generations of Josephs with impressive ease, in scenes that crackle with lively, natural dialogue that illuminates the underlying strains in this unusual clan, always happier to argue the legacies of Stalin and Castro than to explore the pain they cause one another." —NY Times. "…a refreshing refusal to grant the audience easy answers." —NY Press.