Marx in Soho : A Play on History

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“Don’t you wonder: why is it necessary to declare me dead again and again?” This is the question posed by Karl Marx in Howard Zinn’s witty and insightful “play on history.” The premise of this one-man performance is that history’s most famous, and oft-misrepresented, radical is resurrected after agitating with the authorities of the afterlife to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, however, Marx lands in modern-day Soho, New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.

Here Howard Zinn, nationally known for his best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, introduces us to the Karl Marx we never learned about in school—a most human of revolutionaries, driven by a deep passion for social justice. Along the way we meet Marx’s wife Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.

Zinn’s Marx in Soho rescues Marx’s ideas and fighting spirit for a new generation and shows how, far from casting him to the grave, our troubled times need Marx more than ever.

Howard Zinn is the one of the nation’s leading historians and champions of social justice. In addition to A People’s History of the United States, his many books include You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train, which is also the title of a 2004 documentary on Zinn’s life, starring Matt Damon, Alice Walker, and others.

Brian Jones is an African American teacher and activist based in New York City. He has performed Marx in Soho for audiences nationwide since 1999.

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The conceit of this one-man play by historian Howard Zinn is that Karl Marx has been brought back to life--but, through a bureaucratic mix-up, winds up not in the Soho district of London where he lived and worked in the 19th century, but the modern-day SoHo district of New York City. Mostly, Marx takes the opportunity to point out to the audience how the predictions of his economic theory have come to pass: "Did I not say, a hundred and fifty years ago, that capitalism would enormously increase the wealth of society, but that this wealth would be concentrated in fewer and fewer hands?" But Zinn also sheds some light on the relationships between Marx and his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Eleanor. Slim and curious, but with an entertaining touch.

About the Author:

Brian Jones is an African-American actor and activist, has been performing this engaging one-man show across the country since 1999. Historian Howard Zinn is the author of numerous books, including A People's History of the United States.

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Howard Zinn
Editore: South End Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0896085945 ISBN 13: 9780896085947
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Descrizione libro South End Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0896085945

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