[Marxism] NYC performances of Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho"

Jim Fleming jim at autonomedia.org
Mon Mar 27 11:22:33 MST 2006

Event: Performance of Howard Zinn's play "Marx in Soho" to benefit  
Autonomedia, a NYC radical small press
Date: Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2006
Time: 8 pm
Location: Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank and Bethune, A/ 
C/E/L to 14th Street and 8th Ave, 1/2/3 to 14th Street and 7th Ave.)
Ticket price: $10 - $25 (free Autonomedia book with $25 ticket)
Reservations and information: 718-963-2603, info at autonomedia.org,  

Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho" portrays the return of Marx roughly a  
century after his death. 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 scholar, the immigrant, the  
family man. Asking the question "Was Marx a Marxist?", Zinn casts a  
divergent light from the totalitarian movements his theories have  
long been associated with. Responding to the fall of the Soviet Union  
and the conventional perception that Marx's ideas are dead, Zinn  
resurrects this controversial historical figure, embraces democracy  
and passionately rejects the ideological rigidity of many of his  
followers with the phrase "I am not a Marxist." In poignant, funny,  
and intimate narrative, Zinn convinces us not only that Marx is not  
dead, but that his critique of capitalism remains relevant today.

This production of "Marx in Soho" will benefit Autonomedia, a small  
press in Brooklyn publishing books and electronic media in the areas  
of radical politics and history, critical theory, media, and the  
arts. Some of the voices published by Autonomedia include Antonio  
Negri, Subcomandante Marcos, the Critical Art Ensemble, Hakim Bey,  
Silvia Federici, and ADILKNO (the Amsterdam-based Association for the  
Advancement of Illegal Knowledge). It has been an all-volunteer  
collective since 1983. For more info, please visit http:// 

Cast: Jerry Levy as Karl Marx. Levy is a Professor of Sociology at  
Marlboro College in Vermont. He has performed "Marx in Soho" in  
London, Paris, Berlin, Bremen, Madrid, Belfast, Derry, Nimes,  
Montpelier, Santo Domingo, and throughout North America.

Jim Fleming

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