After the Revolution

by Amy Herzog
Directed by Tamara Fisch

April 30 – June 1, 2014

What happens to family loyalty when you’ve been disillusioned? Proud and talented Emma Joseph is heir to a leftist family tradition and has become the public advocate for her late, famously blacklisted American Communist grandfather’s legacy, starting a fund in his name to fight for others who have been wrongly accused. But when evidence emerges that her grandfather may have indeed shared some secrets with the Soviets, Emma struggles to reconcile her disappointment with her political beliefs—and uncovers multi-generational fault lines in her family along the way.

Tamara Fisch (Race at Artist’s Rep 2012; The Scene at Portland Playhouse 2011;), who developed and directed After the Revolution at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2009, directs this “smart, engrossing play” that “crackles with lively, natural dialogue” and characters that “are drawn with a perceptive sense of the contradictions that color personality” (The New York Times).

Join us for the Portland debut of Amy Herzog, one of the most heralded playwrights to emerge onto the New York theatre scene in years.



McCarthy’s America: the Rosenbergs, HUAC,
and the American Left in the 1950s

Sunday, May 18 | following the 2pm Matinee Performance

Join us for a look back at the 1950s, an era that defined After the Revolution‘s Joseph family, and, in many ways, the American left. A period of deep political polarization in America,  the early years of the Cold War saw the scapegoating of many American radicals, fragmentation over changing perceptions of the Soviet Union, and the rise of ultra-conservatism. Featuring Dr. Daniel Pope, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Oregon, and Dr. Michael Munk, retired political scientist and author of The Portland Red Guide. Moderated by Ruth Wikler-Luker.

Presented with support from Oregon Humanities.


Please note: There is NO LATE SEATING for Portland Playhouse performances. Tickets will be released at curtain (7:30pm or 2pm).

Arts for All tickets are available at the box office on the night (or day) of the performance. A limited amount of tickets are available, so please arrive early and bring your Oregon Trail card. Friday and Saturday performances are not included.