[act-ma] 2/26/09 Marx in Soho, by Howard Zinn, Clark University, Thurs., 7 and 9 pm performances

Karen Slater slateraid at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 12 13:23:33 PST 2009



MARX IN SOHO, written by Howard Zinn, performed by Bob Weick with the
Iron Age Theater (60 minutes)

Thursday, February 26, 2009: 7pm & 9pm performances

Tilton Hall, University Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610

Please join us for this theatrical performance. Agitating the
authorities of the afterlife to clear his name, Karl Marx is sent to
earth for one hour to make his case. But bureaucracies are the same in
heaven as on earth, and due to a clerical error, Marx lands in Old
City Philadelphia rather than his stomping grounds in London. Fed up
with the gloating of the right wing that "Marxism is dead" after the
fall of the Soviet Union, and eager to reclaim his ideas from the
distortion of Stalin's brutalities and pseudo-socialism's repressions,
Marx urgently uses current news and events to show how his ideas still
resonate by launching into a passionate, funny and moving defense of
his life and political ideas. He shares his reflections on history and
philosophy as he retells the very human and personal story of his life
in Soho through encounters with the anarchist Michael Bakunin, the
revolutionary P. J. Proudhon, his brilliant daughter Eleanor, and his
wife, Jenny. The play is more than just a political discussion - it is
the experience of the life and mind of Karl Marx. Bob Weick's powerful
performance portrays the largeness of the ideas and the human nature
of the man. The intimacy, honesty and power of his portrayal makes
MARX IN SOHO a rewarding and affecting experience. Howard Zinn shows
his characteristic gift of accurately humanizing but not
sentimentalizing people most historians ignore at best or disfigure at
worst. Zinn doesn't preach, but rather uses mischievous humor to
tackle the United State's educational system, super-rich ruling class,
corporate mergers, prisons, political chicanery, and media. The play
provides a dynamic way to open discussions about contemporary
politics, historical analysis and economic philosophy.

Sponsored by the following Clark University Departments: International
Studies Stream, Higgins School of the Humanities, Graduate School of
Geography, History Department, and International Development Community
& Environment

-- 
In solidarity......
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action for social change. The aim is to cultivate critical thinking,
increase sensitivity to, and develop a spirit of inquiry on important
local & global issues. Praxis is not a membership organization, club,
or political party.

Contact: praxis.clarkuniversity at gmail.com
Website: http://praxis.clarkuniversity.googlepages.com/




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