Thursday, February 23, 2012

Marx in Soho

Marx in Soho, written in 1999 by historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), is a one-man play on the life of Karl Marx. Zinn stated that he wrote the play to "show Marx as few people knew him, as a family man, struggling to support his wife and children." The play depicts Marx resurrected to defend the ideals of communism from the dehumanized version of it practiced in the former Soviet Union and to defend humanity from capitalism.

Zinn writes "Karl and Jenny Marx had moved to London after he was expelled from country after country on the European continent. They lived in the grubby Soho district, and revolutionaries from all over Europe, arriving in London, trooped in and out of their home. That imagined scene — Marx at home, Marx with his wife, Jenny, with his daughter Eleanor — fascinated me."
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Photos are from the Greek adaptation of the play: Ο Μαρξ στο Σόχο
Μονόλογος του Χάουαρντ Ζιν
Σκηνοθεσία: Αθ. Καραγιαννοπούλου
Ερμηνεύει: Άγγ. Αντωνόπουλος. Μετάφρ.: Άρης Λασκαράτος. Σκην.-κοστ.: Γ. Ασημακόπουλος. Φωτ.: Αλ. Αναστασίου.

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