The performance is a benefit for The In-Sight Photography Project, the program that puts cameras and photographic skills in the hands of young people, regardless of their ability to pay.
In-Sight is celebrating 20 years of giving local youth the tools of creative self-expression and encouraging their positive engagement in the community.
Levy has performed Zinn’s thought-provoking and often funny play to standing ovations throughout the United States and around the world. He has been a much-admired professor of sociology at Marlboro College for more than 30 years. This special hometown performance is an occasion not to be missed and a valuable opportunity to support In-Sight’s work.
Zinn imagined Marx watching from beyond the grave, in a special afterlife reserved for radicals and artists, as history distorted his ideas and the world proclaimed that Marxism was dead. In Zinn’s play, Marx has become so agitated about the happenings on earth that he returns to set the record straight.
The famed German philosopher and revolutionary socialist, as played by Levy, is old and plagued by boils, but possessed of a wit that leaves audiences laughing. Instead of dry economic discourse, he speaks of his own life of poverty, his love for his wife and children, his struggle to support them, and his empathy for all who struggle against an unjust system.
“Marx in Soho” brings out the complex character of this great thinker and the relevance of his thoughts to today’s deepening class conflicts and other social and economic ills. It is fitting that Levy’s performance will benefit The In-Sight Photography Project, which for 20 years has provided a safe and productive alternative for teens navigating the world in these difficult times.
Attendees are also invited to enjoy the In-Sight annual student exhibition, celebrating 20 years of programming in the region, on display in the gallery in the lobby of the Hooker-Dunham Theater for the month of May.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available by calling In-Sight at (802) 251-9960 or emailing info@insight-photographyorg.
The In-Sight Photography Project teaches photography to youth ages 11 to 18 throughout southern Vermont, regardless of their ability to pay. In-Sight offers students a creative voice and outlet, an opportunity to experience success, tools for self-awareness and self-worth, and encourages them to become actively engaged in their communities. For more information visit insight-photography.org.