Three Plays: The Political Theater of Howard Zinn: Emma, Marx in Soho, Daughter of Venus

Three Plays: The Political Theater of Howard Zinn: Emma, Marx in Soho, Daughter of Venus

by Howard Zinn
     
 

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World-renowned historian Howard Zinn has turned to drama to explore the legacy of Karl Marx and Emma Goldman and to delve into the intricacies of political and social conscience perhaps more deeply than traditional history permits. Three Plays brings together all this work, including the previously unpublished Daughter of Venus, along with a new…  See more details below

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World-renowned historian Howard Zinn has turned to drama to explore the legacy of Karl Marx and Emma Goldman and to delve into the intricacies of political and social conscience perhaps more deeply than traditional history permits. Three Plays brings together all this work, including the previously unpublished Daughter of Venus, along with a new introductory essay on political theater, and prefaces to each of the plays.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Zinn's A People's History of the United States is both in the college canon and wadding for the cannons of conservatives. This volume brings his political philosophies to the stage, with mixed success. Zinn writes in the introduction that plays allow him to "zoom in on a few characters" so the audience can identify with them. He succeeds best with this in Marx in Soho: A Play on History, a one-person show in which Karl Marx talks about his family and his life with humor, sympathy, and love. It's also an easily digestible treatise on Marxist and communist philosophy. Emma, about American anarchist Emma Goldman, is preachy but entertaining and can be performed with a bare minimum of scenery and props. In Daughter of Venus, featuring a nuclear scientist who ends up questioning his involvement in weapons development, the characters spend a lot of time shouting at or speaking poorly about one another, and the ending is all too predictable. VERDICT This collection will be of interest to college and university theater, history, and politics students, but it is not a priority purchase for campus libraries.—Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807073278
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a world-renowned historian, author, playwright, and social activist best known forA People's History of the United States. His many highly acclaimed books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train and Three Strikes.

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