AFTER THE REVOLUTION Extends Through 10/6 at Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 6 performances of its current hit production of Obie-winning playwright Amy Herzog's (4000 Miles, Belleville, The Great God Pan) family drama AFTER THE REVOLUTION. Joy Carlin (Body Awareness, Jack Goes Boating, Awake and Sing!) directs this drama about what we do with history and how we appropriate it for our own personal needs. Featuring Adrian Anchondo, Jessica Bates, Peter Kybart, Sarah Mitchell, Ellen Ratner, Rolf Saxon, Victor Talmadge, and Pamela Gaye Walker, AFTER THE REVOLUTION plays at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley now through October 6 (added performances: Tuesday, October 1, 7pm; Wednesday, October 2, 8pm; Thursday, October 3, 8pm; Friday, October 4, 8pm; Saturday, October 5, 8pm; Sunday, October 6, 2pm). For tickets ($32-50) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.
What happens when the person you revere isn't exactly who you think they are? In AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the young, brilliant Emma Joseph is a high achiever shaken to the core by disillusion. She proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition by devoting her life to the memory of her famously blacklisted grandfather, but when a new book reveals shocking truths about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had long ago been resolved. Called "smart, engrossing...bold and hilariously moving" by The New York Times, this insightful and often-humorous family portrait, for which Herzog was awarded the 2012 New York TimesOutstanding Playwright Award, examines how the tally of right and wrong in life cannot easily be measured, and questions whether or not the end ever really justifies the means.
About AFTER THE REVOLUTION, Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle said "[Playwright Amy] Herzog's 'Revolution' is so well fought it's practically won...heartbreaking and heartwarming...[director Joy] Carlin and her actors excel." Likewise, Karen D'Souza at the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group declared,"it would be hard to match [director] Joy Carlin's production for touching performances that capture the tenor of a rabble-rousing family that prizes discourse and debate far more highly than hugs and Hallmark cards." Chad Jones atTheatredogs agreed, stating, "[After the Revolution is a] smart, moving drama... and a bracingly good one...emotionally rich and rewarding...[it] surges with power and heart," and Leo Stutzin at the Huffington Post concurred, "With long-time Bay Area standout Joy Carlin providing the sharp, fluid direction...this 'Revolution' is a clear success."
Following AFTER THE REVOLUTION, Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms the Bay Area Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's Obie-winning A BRIGHT NEW BOISE in November. Jon Tracy returns to Aurora to direct the Bay Area Premiere of Johnna Adams' provocative GIDION'S KNOT in January, followed by the Bay Area Premiere of WITTENBERG by David Davalos, directed by Josh Costello in April. The season concludes in June with David Mamet's searing drama AMERICAN BUFFALO, directed by Barbara Damashek. As a special addition to the season, Aurora Theatre Company presents its first fully-staged production in the company's new Second Stage performance space, Harry's UpStage; award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson directs this sixth addition to the season in April, John W. Lowell's taut two-person drama THE LETTERS.
Voted Best Theater Company in 2012 by SF Weekly, Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theater. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company, declared "one of the best regional theaters around" by 7x7 magazine, has been called "one of the most important regional theaters in the area" and "a must-see midsize company" by the San Francisco Chronicle, while The Wall Street Journal has "nothing but praise for the Aurora." The Contra Costa Times stated "perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close," while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed Aurora Theatre Company is "arguably the finest small theater in the Bay Area," and the Oakland Tribune stated "it's all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora."