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Bethlehem, Pa., February 23, 2007— Moravian College will feature the one-person play by acclaimed actor Robert Weick, in the production of “Marx in Soho,” written by noted historian, Howard Zinn, on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The play is part of the Iron Age Theatre’s national tour and is a lively 70-minute one-act play, directed by John Doyle, and written by Zinn, who is America’s leading progressive historian. Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.
Marx in Soho launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of Karl Marx’s life and political ideas and offers an introduction his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Marx urgently uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate. “Why are you building more and more prisons,” he asks, “Yes, capitalism has triumphed. But over whom?”
American education, America’s super rich ruling class, corporate mergers, prisons, and the media are some of the issues Marx confronts during the course of the play. Zinn’s dialogue doesn’t preach, rather it is full of mischievous humor. The play vibrates with Marx’s ideals and dreams but behind the play the ringing of Zinn’s powerful and wise voice can be heard crying for social change and human justice.
Weick is a celebrated artist who has been touring with the show for 3 years delivering 80 productions around the country from Maine to California. He has worked with the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Iron Age Theatre, Triangle Theatre, Eternal spiral project, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Philly Fringe. He has appeared in the National tour as Karl Marx in (Marx in Soho), Gavin Miller u/s 3 productions (According to Goldman), Mick Dowd (A Skull in Connemara), Huck Finn ( Boys in Autumn) Robert Falcon Scott (Terra Nova), Doc Sheppard (The Laramie Project), Jesus (The Calling), Coleman Conner (The Lonesome West), Josh (Dimly Perceived Threats To The System), Johnny (Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune), Queensbury et al (The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde), Mike/Skunk/Ronald (As Bees in Honey Drown), and as Chillingworth (The Scarlet Letter).
“Marx in Soho” was a sell-out in 2004 in Philadelphia which prompted the national tour. It is presented in an engaging and entertaining way, and has been used as a fundraising medium for civic organizations, and for educators who are teaching Marxist Philosophy and History.
Zinn is a renowned historian and activist, and among his writings are: “A People’s History of the United States,” and “The Twentieth Century.” He grew up in Brooklyn, worked in shipyards, served in the Air Force bombardier unit in WWII, was chair of the History Department at Spelman College and is professor emeritus of Boston University. Zinn actively participated in the civil rights movement during his career, and now lectures on history and politics.
Prosser Auditorium in located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB) on the Main Street Campus at Moravian College, Main and Locust Streets. The event is funded by the Moravian College Arts and Lectures and the Religion Department. It is co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, Economics and Business, and English.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.