With a father who owns his own business, a daughter who was a protégée of a famous pianist, a son who is an Olympic champion, and another son who is just breaking into banking, the Gordon family has cultivated a comfortable middle-class life for themselves. But it’s 1933, and not even New York City can escape the crisis of massive unemployment, a still-floundering economy, and a brewing storm in Europe. Clifford Odets's Paradise Lost is a vibrant and philosophical exploration into a middle-class home, as its inhabitants work to maintain all they had gained in the early twentieth century at a moment when the very tenets of American life are being challenged.