1. A work in progress in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    As the party continues on the Rue Pigalle, things take a darker turn. Langevin knows how hard it is to create a true democracy. Is freedom something that can ever be truly obtained? What about free love? While the celebration is in progress, Phillipe brings news that the French Government under Adolf Thiers is making deals with one Otto von Bismark, chancellor of the German Empire. Together they are arming farm workers from the provinces and putting out all kinds of slanderous stories about the Commune in the media.

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Pietro Gonzalez Joanie Zosike, Sean Shannon, Nanda Abella, Tony Lewis, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Diego Brindis, Mark Skelly, Pietro Gonzalez, Jay Dobkin, Miranda Dobkin
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Hannah Temple
    Find out more at daysofthecommune.com

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  2. A work in progress in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    The delegates to the Commune are furious that Charles Beslay was unable to pursued the CEO of the Bank of France to release the money they need to keep Paris running and pay the workers. Should they occupy the bank? Should the Commune march against the forces of the French government in Versailles before the army under Adophe Theirs attacks them? Is force ever justified in the defense of freedom? Or should the Commune stand firm on their commitment to peace? Suddenly The Communards learn that the army has already launched an attack on their city.

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Joy Kelly Smith, Joanie Zosike, Sean Shannon, Nanda Abella, Tony Lewis, Michael Paul Britto, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Diego Brindis, Aaron Beebe, Deborah Matzner, Jay Dobkin, Miranda Dobkin, Ellen Scott, Doug Johnson, Kenji Johnson
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Hannah Temple
    Find out more at daysofthecommune.com

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  3. A work in progress in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    Now the people have voted in the Commune, they have to figure out the nuts and bolts of making the city run when all the bureaucrats have left town. Genevieve Guericault, a young teacher and the new delegate for education is struggling to get the classrooms open again. She discovers than when obstacles get in the way it is sometimes better to look for a practical solution than a theoretical answer. Her friends Babette and Phillipe complain that they are making less money than before. Everyone wants a living wage but what happens when there’s not enough money to go around?

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Nanda Abella, Ahuva Willner, Mark Skelly, Michael Hagins
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Nathan Koci
    Find out more at daysofthecommune.com

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  4. A work in progress in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    Papa, Mme Cabet and Genevieve are waiting outside City Hall where the Commune has just been declared. Papa wants to tell his friend Pierre, a worker delegate, that the French government smuggled many weapons out of the city. The Soldiers are arming against the people’s occupation. Inside City Hall the delegates are trying to figure out how to make this new democracy work. Should the people of the Commune declare civil war or follow the path of non-violence and risk being destroyed?

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Michael Friedman, Joanie Zosike, Carlo Fiorletta, Sean Shannon, Nanda Abella, Tony Lewis, Michael Paul Britto, Julie Delaurier, Reka Polonyi, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Hannah Temple
    Find out more at daysofthecommune.com

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  5. A work in progress in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    At the train Station, the wealthy are fleeing Paris with as much money as they can lay their hands on. Jean is trying to stop his friend Phillipe, a baker who is out of work from leaving too. Jean tells him the Commune has declared employees have the right to take over and run an enterprise if is deserted by it's owner, so Phillipe can just take over the Bakery where he used to work. Phillipe just doesn’t get it. Is it right to let the 1% grab all their money and get out? Does it really belong to them? After all many got rich by paying miserable wages.

    Cast: Pietro Gonzalez, Joanie Zosike, Carlo Fiorletta, Sean Shannon, Nanda Abella, Tony Lewis , Julie Delaurier, Reka Polonyi, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Bob Goldberg
    Find out more at daysofthecommune.com

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The Days of the Commune

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Citizens join us! Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1.30pm, March through May, we come to Liberty Square and public spaces in New York to work on The Days of the Commune, a play by Bert Brecht. Each scene in the play denotes one day. Each day is…


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Citizens join us! Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1.30pm, March through May, we come to Liberty Square and public spaces in New York to work on The Days of the Commune, a play by Bert Brecht. Each scene in the play denotes one day. Each day is documented and posted here.

The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first example in modern history of an occupation where working people took over their own neighborhoods and practiced direct democracy. Many different left groups worked together and women played an important part defining and demanding feminist principles that paved the way for our future. Times have changed, OWS faces pepper spray, the Communards were confronted with live ammunition but their belief in taking their future into their own hands, in standing up to the wealthy in leading by example instead of by force is as relevant today as it was then.

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