SLU presents "Marx in Soho" tonight at 7 p.m.

September 17, 2007

"With 'passion, humanity and humor,' Howard Zinn's play explores the human side of one of history's most influential political figures," writes Shawn Bingham, assistant professor of Sociology at Saint Leo. "If you are interested in social change, politics, inequality, or simply want an entertaining evening, come out to see this important play."

SLU presents "Marx in Soho" tonight at 7 p.m. The play's story line as described by the Iron Age Theatre: "Frustrated with what he sees and hears from our world, Karl Marx returns to earth for one hour to defend the relevance of his ideas and highlight the serious social issues facing the world today. Agitating the authorities of the afterlife for the opportunity to clear his name, Karl Marx... launches into a passionate, funny, and moving defense of his life and political ideas."

Playwright Howard Zinn was educated at Columbia University in New York and has also been a history fellow at Harvard University and a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. In the late 1960s, he began teaching at Boston University in the political science department. Zinn and Noam Chomsky of MIT were among the nation's most prominent academics in opposition to the war in Vietnam.

Professor Zinn has won numerous awards and honors including The Thomas Merton Award, The Eugene V. Debs Award, The Upton Sinclair Award and The Lannan Literary Award.

Among his twenty books and plays are Disobedience and Democracy, The Politics of History, and the seminal, celebrated A People's History of the United States: 1492 to the Present.

Actor Bob Weick's credits include Gavin Miller in According To Goldman with Philadelphia Theatre Company and Wait! with ESP at Theatre Catalyst. He has performed with Civic Theatre, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Country Gate, Triangle Theatre, Theatre Outlet, and most notably with Iron Age Theatre in Of Mice and Men and Terra Nova which earned him a Barrymore Nomination, Best Ensemble.

For more information about the performance, please contact the Office of Public Relations, Saint Leo University, at (352) 588-8572 or send an email to