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Red Virgin, Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871
Central Works at the Berkeley City Club
Berkeley, CA
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Central Works completes its 2013 season with a world premiere musical based on the tumultuous events of the great socialist uprising known as the Paris Commune of 1871. RED VIRGIN tells the story of Louise Michel, one of the most incendiary revolutionaries in the history of France - with live music from the period!

In the spring of 1871, the government of France surrendered to Germany at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. But the working people of Paris refused to accept their government's surrender, and instead ignited an insurrection that sent the French government fleeing from the city, and led to the establishment of a new socialist, revolutionary government. They called it the Paris Commune. The rebels held the city for two months, and instituted a wave of socialist changes, before the government forces recaptured Paris and crushed the rebellion in a horrific act of carnage known as the "Bloody Week," when some 20,000 communards were put to death. Public trials, further executions, and a wave of deportations to far off penal colonies followed. One of the most remarkable figures to emerge from these tumultuous events was Louise Michel, whom history remembers as "the Red Virgin."

Come join us on the barricades at the Berkeley City Club!

Written by Gary Graves
Directed by John Patrick Moore
Musical direction by Allison Lovejoy

Featuring Anna Ishida, Galen Murphy-Hoffman (member AEA), Juliana Lustenader, Josh Pollock, Diana Strong & Kenny Toll with costumes by Tammy Berlin, sound by Gregory Scharpen and stage management by Vanessa Ramos.

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Oct 19 - Nov 24 (preview Oct 18)
Thur-Sat at 8pm
Sun at 5pm
The show runs 2 hours with a 10 min intermission
Post-show Talk-backs on Sun, 10/20 and 11/10

Ticket Prices:

Preview, July 12: $20
General Admission: $28

Sliding scale admission is available at the theater 30 minutes prior to performance - cash or checks only.

Sorry, no late seating; please arrive early!
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Central Works at the Berkeley City Club (View)
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > All Ages

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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