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Actor Ian Ruskin brings his acclaimed one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine to Boston’s Faneuil Hall on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. For anyone who loves history, this radical perspective on the American Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment should not be missed!
The eloquence and passion of Thomas Paine are on full view in Ruskin’s vivid portrayal of this fiery patriot and Founding Father. Paine’s book Common Sense was the spark that ignited the American Revolution and remains in print today over 200 years later. Actor-writer Ruskin captures Paine’s brilliance, contradictions and contrariness in this play about the radical enlightenment figure that helped forge America’s core. Paine advocated for a society based on the common good individual freedom, and a belief in scientific and social progress. He was the first to introduce the concept of a guaranteed minimum income and strongly believed that men who did not own property should still be allowed to vote and hold office, beliefs not shared by other Founding Fathers. Paine was much loved and much hated, one of history’s greatest propagandists and worst politicians, a dangerous and very nearly deadly combination.
This call for justice resounds in America now, echoing the words of Martin Luther King: “the moral arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” Today’s political environment, while never specifically mentioned in the play, reminds us to revisit Paine’s words with his calls for the end of slavery and voter suppression, and for a government that cares for its citizens and provides equality for women. In this time of division and despair, we need, more than ever, to hear Paine’s words.
This Boston premiere follows performances around the world and the film of the play aired on PBS over the July 4th holiday. Tickets for the play are $15/$10 for students and seniors and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-begin-the-world-over-again-the-life-of-thomas-paine-tickets-37165226192
For more information about the play, visit www.thelifeofthomaspaine.org