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

    The Commune is under attack. In the Place Pigalle, Genevieve and Babette who is now pregnant, are sewing sandbags for the barricades the people are building to protect the neighborhood. They wish that they could get their ideas across to the peasants who are fighting against them in the French army. A little girl says its easy, tell them, “You are workers the same as us”.

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Sean Shannon, Rosa Goldensohn, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Jay Dobkin, Miranda Dobkin, Joanie Zosike, Michael Britto, Marie Weigl, Inas Kelly, Iris Dankemeyer
    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. In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform Brecht’s play "The Days of the Commune" in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired me to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress and I wanted this work to be visible. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City starting in Zuccotti Park. These public rehearsals ran from March through May, the months of the Paris Commune's brief existence in the spring of 1871.
    More information about this project at thedaysofthecommmune.com

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  3. In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform Brecht’s play "The Days of the Commune" in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired me to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress and I wanted this work to be visible. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City starting in Zuccotti Park. These public rehearsals ran from March through May, the months of the Paris Commune's brief existence in the spring of 1871.
    More information about this project at thedaysofthecommmune.com

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  4. In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform Brecht’s play "The Days of the Commune" in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired me to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress and I wanted this work to be visible. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City starting in Zuccotti Park. These public rehearsals ran from March through May, the months of the Paris Commune's brief existence in the spring of 1871.
    More information about this project at thedaysofthecommmune.com

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

    From the ramparts of Versailles, members of the bourgeoisie joyfully watch the final destruction of the Commune. Has all been lost or will the struggle for a community based on peace, democracy and social justice live on? What do you think? What can you do?

    Cast: Mitchell Abidor, Joy Kelly Smith, Aaron Beebe, Deborah Matzner, Sean Shannon, Tony Lewis, Ahuva Willner, Julie Delaurier, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Jay Dobkin, Greg Mehrten, Nanda Abella, Michael Paul Britto, Joanie Zosike, Inas Kelly, Iris Dankenmeyer, Pietro Gonzalez
    Crew: Zoe Beloff, Nira Burstein, Donald Kelly, Erika Munro, Eric Muzzy
    Musician: Hanah Temple, Melissa Elledge
    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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