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Howard Zinn's 'Marx in Soho'

Vancouver For Peace sponsorship of performances of Howard Zinn's 'Marx In Soho.'
Marx In Soho




Vancouver for Peace proudly presents Howard Zinn's play, MARX IN SOHO, at Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4505 E 18th Street in Vancouver, Washington. There will be two performances, July 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday), both at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00, and donations will be accepted.

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Historian and activist Howard Zinn is most well-known for his alternative portrait of American history, A People's History of the United States, which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment. Zinn received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, has taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debbs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Lannan Literary Award.

MARX IN SOHO portrays the return of Marx to this earthly realm. Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by the administrative committee to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in SOHO in New York. From there the audience is given a rare glimpse of a Marx seldom talked about: Marx the man - the pedantic Marx, the vindictive Marx, the loving family man, Marx as humorist, and a Marx that can laugh at his enemies at the same time he expresses outrage at social injustice. Zinn resurrects this controversial historical figure, who embraces democracy and passionately rejects the ideological rigidity of many of his followers with the phrase "I am not a Marxist." The play offers an entertaining and thorough introduction to any person who knows little about Marx's life, while also offering valuable insight to students of his ideas.

"The play sheds new light on Marx and his theories - which are presented factually despite the play's whimsical premise..." Molly Gilmore-Balden (for the Olympia)

The single actor in this one-man play is Jerry Levy, who has been teaching sociology at Marlboro College and acting with the Actors' Theater of Brattleboro since he moved there from Chicago in 1975. Originally directed by Michael Fox Kennedy of the Actors' Theater, Levy has been on the road with Zinn's version of Karl Marx performing at benefits, colleges, small theaters, and other venues. Mr. Levy has generously donated his performances to Vancouver For Peace to further their goals.

Vancouver For Peace is an ad hoc group of citizens of Clark County, Washington, allied to sponsor, co-sponsor, organize, and participate in actions and events promoting the dream of peace and justice for all. They also sponsor the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair, an event which will be held September 24th at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. For more information visit vancouverforpeace.org or vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org.

Hope to see you there.

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