A Play on History (audio book)
By Howard Zinn, starring Brian Jones
“Don’t you wonder: why is it necessary to declare me dead again and again?”
Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.
Howard Zinn, best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.
Brian Jones, an African American actor, teacher, and activist, has been performing this engaging one-man show across the country since 1999.
Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant in today’s world.
Praise for Brian Jones performing Marx in Soho
"It was smart, it was funny, and it was the perfect thing for the times in which we live."
"[Zinn] mounts a clarion defense of the principles of Marxism while taking a timely jab at a consumerist culture run amok... A witty and spontaneous mouthpiece, Jones invests his character with a surprising degree of urbanity and savoir-faire."
"engaging and charismatic... The audience was clearly with him as he critiqued the death penalty, mega-mergers and mass media. You wouldn't imagine that social criticism could make for lively theater, but Zinn's text and Jones's acting deftly blended the political with the personal."
"Brian Jones deserves the highest "marx." Find out how Karl Marx lived, what he thought, and what he might think today. Hilarious and informative. A superb performance."