ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presents Paris Commune. In 1871, working-class Parisians took to the streets and overthrew the French government, declaring their city autonomous and launching an effort to radically reinvent society. The Civilians brings these explosive events to life in this new musical play. Using found texts and original songs from this extraordinary period, Paris Commune tells the story of Europe's first socialist revolution, bringing alive the idealism, elation and eventual tragic downfall of this uprising. Boston audiences have the special opportunity to see this world premiere by The Civilians, who were part of ArtsEmerson's first and second seasons with You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents' Divorce and In The Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, before it heads to New York.