It’s always fascinating to be a small piece of an enormous work, such as This is Reading. For months, you hear bits and bobs about the grand scheme but focus only on your tiny piece. This past weekend, we saw it all come together at Franklin Street Station.
Our latest show, “Paris Commune,” will receive its world premiere at ArtsEmerson in Boston, followed by a run at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in the fall. The play concerns the explosive uprising of the Parisian working class in 1871. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at our efforts to recreate these historic events on stage. This episode features interviews with “Paris Commune” director and co-author Steve Cosson; co-author, translator and adapter of the songs Michael Friedman; and actor Aysan Celik, who has been with the project throughout its development. The episode closes with Quincy Tyler Bernstine singing “La Canaille,” a song performed at the radical cabaret of the actual Commune in the nineteenth century.
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