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Program

13, 14 and 21 April - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Panoramakino 
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Photo: Sebastian Bisch

MARX IN SOHO

A play by Howard Zinn with Boris Aljinovic
Director: Bernd Kauffmann

13, 14 & 21 April 2018, 18:00h, Panoramakino, Autostadt

Content
Karl Marx returns to Earth. After all this time, he only has one hour to check what has become of his Capital and his call to arms: the Communist Manifesto. Today he sees things differently. He knows both where he was mistaken and where he was dead right. He marvels at the wonders of the market economy, ponders religion, which he had described as "the opium of the people" – not, as Lenin misquoted, "opium for the people." But rather than returning to Soho in London in the late 19th century, as decreed by 'the highest authority', he ends up in modern-day Soho, New York. Nevertheless, he is well-acquainted with the social problems he encounters there. Marx defends his social revolutionary ideas. He admits his mistakes and yet still emerges as a thinker, who is deeply moved by the injustice and debasement suffered by his fellow human beings.

Historian Howard Zinn published his Marx monologue in 1999, just as Francis Fukuyama's End of History was once again "killing off" Marx's ideas and the economies of the former spheres of influence of the ex-Soviet Union were behaving in a particularly "predatory" manner, in other words, just as Marx had experienced and written about them during his life. In a plastic language, the author presents the thoroughly researched life of Karl Marx, albeit without mentioning some of the more grotesque contradictions. The 5th of May 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of German philosopher and social theoretician Karl Marx.

Author
Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a US historian, political scientist, and professor at Boston University. True to his scientific approach of telling the "history from below," his research focused on the civil rights and peace movements, with which he was closely involved from the 1960s onwards. Zinn's 1980 book A People's History of the United States, an alternative retelling of his country's past, became a bestseller. In this work, he recaps the development of the US from the perspective of those outside the establishment.

Actor
Boris Aljinovic
has appeared on the stages of the Renaissance Theatre in Berlin and the St. Pauli Theatre in Hamburg for many years. Born in Berlin, he has played in a number of cinema and made-for-TV films, including the role of Commissioner Stark in the Berlin Tatort series. Aljinovic's distinctive and variable voice can be heard on numerous audio book recordings, for which he was awarded the German Audio Book Prize. Boris Aljinovic first took part in the Movimentos Festival in 2011 with a reading of The Portrait of Dorian Gray. He appeared in a theatrical monologue in 2015 with Seite Eins by Johannes Kram. A year later, he and Claudia Michelsen read Ende einer Liebe by Pascal Rambert.