Marx in Soho
by Howard Zinn
starring Boris Aljinovic as Karl Marx
translated into German by Heide Sommer
Director: Bernd Kauffmann
Karl Marx is celebrating his 200th birthday. Of course, he has supposedly been dead for ages but now he is back, dead yet also not dead, as a dialectic for the living. He is flabbergasted by the deranged way in which his ‘histomat’ and ‘diamat’ have been mangled and by how the purveyors of ‘real socialism’ have bent the ‘philosophical’ DNA of his work to fit their pragmatic purposes. He only has one hour to see what has become of his Capital and The Communist Manifesto. He now views some things differently; he knows what he got wrong and where he has been proved right. He is amazed by the market economy, by the religion which he called ‘opium of the people’ – and not, as Lenin misquoted him, opium for the people.
Marx no longer talks about capitalism and socialism but about how the global wealth can benefit all people. People must be given what they really need: Food, medicine, clean air, unpolluted water, trees and grass, a comfortable home, a few hours work a day and a few more hours leisure time.
Howard Zinn was an American historian; his most famous book, A People’s History of the United States, tells the development of the USA from the perspective of people who do not belong to the establishment. The monologue Marx in Soho was published in 1999, at a time when Marx’s ideas were once again considered to be ‘no longer relevant’, thanks to Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man. In this story, Marx ends up in Soho in New York by mistake, rather than in Soho in London. In an intimate and moving dialogue with the audience, he admits his errors and still proves himself to be a thinker who is deeply pained by inequality.
Aufführungsrechte: Howard Zinn Revocable Trust
Marx in Soho
€ 18 / concessions € 14
an Autostadt Wolfsburg Movimentos Festival Weeks production
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