Bianca Bagatourian, brings her work The Time of Our Lies to the Gilded Balloon to tell the story of Howard Zinn, the man who wrote extensively about the civil rights, anti-war movements, and labour history of the United States, and inspired a generation of students to rethink their country’s heritage.
Zinn was equally revered and condemned during his lifetime and his legacy lives on since his death in 2010.
Historian and shipyard worker, civil rights activist, World War II bombardier and author of A People’s History of the United States, the best-seller that presented the country’s past through the eyes of the common people rather than political and economic elites.
Through song, rap and spoken word, The Time of Our Lies unfolds through Zinn’s personal story as a young bombardier and goes on to depict how his life was shaped as well as examining the stories of other soldiers and the horrors of war.
It speaks to Zinn’s message about how more peaceful solutions should be sought in turbulent times.
Myla Kabat-Zinn, Howard’s daughter, says of the play: “A wonderfully imaginative work that uses my father’s words as the unifying thread.
“Songs, nursery rhymes and tapped-out rhythms add a playful lightness and humanness that illuminate the horrors of war”.
Director Josh Chambers, artistic director and resident composer of Fovea Floods Theater says: “Having directed Howard before, I share his desire to connect with our ancestry and dig deep into history”.
Bianca Bagatourian is an experimental playwright and graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College with lifetime Obie award-winning playwright, Mac Wellman.
Time Of Our Lies plays at The Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar,
July 31-August 25.