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Marx in Soho presented in September 2014 by GRRC

Marx in Soho

by Howard Zinn

Directed by Crescenzo Scipione

September 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM
September 7 at 2:00 PM

All performances are at RAPA's East End Theatre
727 East Main Street in Downtown Rochester
Additional parking is at WDKX Radio, 683 Main Street

In Marx In Soho, a cleverly imagined call to reconsider history, historian Howard Zinn creates a whimsical one-man play in which Karl Marx returns from the grave to try to clear his name. However, due to a bureaucratic error, Marx winds up, not in his old stomping grounds of London, but in modern-day New York City’s SoHo district. At first bewildered, Marx makes the best of a difficult situation, filling us in on his marriage to his wife, Jenny, his love for his family, especially his brilliant daughter Eleanor, and his contentious arguments with fellow radical Mikhail Bakunin. Zinn’s Marx is passionately enraged at the injustices of poverty, greedy corporations, and the inequality of the distribution of wealth and power, but he is also an earthy man with a lusty appetite for women as well as social justice.

Veteran actor, Jack Simel, is delighted to be taking on the iconic role. Simel, who is a member of GRRC’s Board of Directors, is no novice to the stage. He has worked with most of Rochester’s theatre groups as either actor, director, producer or stage manager. He was a memorable Mr. Paravacini last season in GRRC’s production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

Most people are familiar with Marx the Revolutionary, but in this play, Zinn creates a Marx with a twinkle in his eye, a droll, sharp-witted often very funny man. “My hope is that Marx in Soho illuminates not just that time, and Marx’s place in it, but our time, and our place in it,” Zinn says. While Simel hopes the title will draw an audience of “working class heroes” and “progressives,” he’s also hoping it will attract people who are drawn to the passion behind the ideas. In this exciting one-man show, audiences will find that the cry for justice is as socially relevant to our own time as it was in 1871.

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General Admission tickets are $20.00

Students & Senior tickets are $15.00

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News about Marie Long

Marie Long

If someone began to describe a person who has immeasurable talent, gives more than 100 percent of herself to every project, does the work of at least two people, asks for nothing in return, suffers no fools because she is so capable, that someone might be talking about Marie Long. To her family and friends, Marie is the most loyal, dedicated, generous and warm-hearted person anyone could ask for. If a person is lucky enough to have Marie as a friend, that person is lucky enough indeed.

Marie has been a part of the GRRC group for several years. She has worn many hats. If mailings needed to be done, she was there. If furniture was needed for a set, she did her best to either build it or go out and get it, if hands were needed backstage or on- stage, you could count on Marie. She painted, moved furniture, swept floors, you name it. She served as costume dresser, handmaiden to the “stars”, prop lady, and whatever else needed to be done. And she did it all with timeliness and precision. She was the consummate professional.

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