Historian Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho: A Play on History, came to Haverford’s Blackbox Theatre in September with actor Bob Weick performing in the one-man show as Karl Marx. The event was sponsored by the Department of History and Sociology, along with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.
Written in 1999, the 70-minute play transplants Marx to present day Soho in New York City, where he passionately defends his life and political ideas. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant for contemporary America and the struggles against inequality and social injustice. The show offers the audience a glimpse into Marx’s personal life as well, showing his interactions with his wife, children, and the anarchist Mikhail Bukanin among a host of other characters. Fiery and engaging, the play showcases a different side of Marx, which is at once thoughtful and funny.
The performance was introduced by Assistant Professor of Sociology Lisa McCormick and was followed by a discussion session in the CPGC Cafe that gave students the opportunity to interact with actor Bob Weick.
— By Hina Fathima ’15
Photos by Thom Carroll