Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Howard Zinn’s world famous “Marx in Soho”

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 6th & Friday 7th August / 8:30pm–11pm

Seomra Spraoi is proud to present the Irish dates of Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho”. Having travelled much of Europe this is your chance to see Jerry Levy perform this timely, witty and reflective one person play. I hope you get as excited as we are.


Howard Zinn is most known for his book, ‘A People’s History of the United States’, offering an alternative and enlightening perspective of American history as well as a great model for examining history in general. Howard Zinn’s play, “Marx in Soho” portrays the return of Marx.

How you might ask? Imagine all Karl Marx would have to say after one hundred years of just being able to watch… Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by those in charge to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in Soho in New York. Marx returns to clear his name but in doing so he gives the audience glimpses of Karl Marx seldom talked about; Marx the immigrant, Marx the father, Marx the husband, Marx the Man. With captivating wit he shares tales from his life with his wife, daughters, friends and enemies.

The play can stand on its own or it can be used as a tool for dialogue. We like using it not just as an introduction to Karl Marx’s ideas but as an introduction to both classical and contemporary sociological thought. We find it offers something for everyone. For one who is familiar with Marxist thought, it offers a glimpse of who Marx might have been. For someone who knows little of Marx it offers a great introduction. Howard Zinn has crafted a play that not only introduces an audience to the ideas of Marx in a non-confrontational manner, but also inspires an audience to be open to thinking about their community and society from the perspective of these (and other) social theories.

Jerry Levy, who plays Karl Marx in the play, comes to the stage with years of experience as an actor and director in addition to being a professor of sociology at Marlboro College in Vermon.

So be sure not to miss this. If there is demand we can possibly add another date on the saturday. Entry, like all events is donation. €10 waged/€5 unwaged. More if you can less if you can’t. BYOB.