Leaf turns ‘Germans’ over to 59E59

Play looks at birth of Communist intelligentsia

Jonathan Leaf’s comedy-drama “The Germans in Paris” plays a limited engagement, in an Immediate Theater Company production, at 59E59 Theaters from March 10-26. Jose Zayas directs.

Set in Paris in 1843, play follows two young and unknown political radicals, 25-year-old Karl Marx and composer Richard Wagner, who befriend Germany’s most famous living writer, Heinrich Heine. Heine tries to mentor the two men while avoiding a pair of angry husbands, a demand that he duel, a request that he marry and a government investigation.

Loosely based on actual events, Leaf’s play looks at the birth of the Communist intelligentsia.

Cast includes Kevin Kelly, Ali Marsh, Jennifer Don, Corey Moosa, Brian Louis Hoffman, Henry Caplan, Bruce Barton, Paul Siemens and Monica West.

The design team includes Maline Casta (costumes), Meghan Healey (sets), Maria Cristina Fuste (lighting) and Jane Shaw (sound).

Leaf has written criticism and articles for the New Yorker and National Review, among others. His play “Pushkin” is planned for an Off Broadway run next year. His book “A History of 20th Century Theater” will be released this fall by Ivan R. Dee Publishers.

For more information, visit http://www.59E59.org

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