After the Revolution

Sept. 7—Oct. 6 $15–$65
Theater J
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 518-9400
Playwright Amy Herzog’s attempt to use her own family’s history as a microcosm of the dissolution of the American Left after World War II just doesn’t stick in this new work. The story centers around Emma (Megan Anderson), a young woman fresh out of law school, who has founded a legal defense fund in her Marxist grandpa’s name to help the unjustly persecuted. She’s working to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, the activist and journalist who spent 30 years on death row following his 1981 conviction for killing a Philadelphia police officer. When Emma finds out what her father (Peter Birkenhead) never told her about his father, she stops speaking to him, freezes out her bland nice-guy boyfriend (Carlos Saldaña), and abdicates her professional obligations to the fund. That’s more or less the logline: A brilliant and successful 26-year-old anti-death penalty activist gets mad at her dad and stops answering her phone for a few weeks. [CK]

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