Nov 8

Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Atrium 360° 

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Photo by Kevin Yatarola

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Atrium 360°


This Lincoln Center commission commemorates Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States, with music and spoken-word performances that bring to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people in the book: those who built the movements for social justice, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour workday, advancing women's rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right the wrongs of the day.


A galvanizing and engaging lineup of performers—including actors Brian Jones, Imogen Poots, Eisa Davis, Wallace Shawn, Leta Renée-Alan, and Jessica Pimentel, poet Staceyann Chin, musician Zeshan B, and activist Akemi Kochiyama—delve into original source materials from the rebels, dissenters, and visionaries of our past—and present. Anthony Arnove, coeditor with Howard Zinn of the Voices of a People's History of the United States anthology and author of the introduction to the new 35th-anniversary edition of A People's History of the United States, narrates. 


About the Project

Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This free performance kicks off the third edition of a yearlong project with students at the Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, a New York City public school located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus, cofounded by Lincoln Center Education. Some of tonight’s artists will be helping students to engage with this history and develop their own interpretations of these incredible stories, culminating in a performance of their own work at the Atrium on May 16, 2019.


Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


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Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


*Performers are subject to change. More to be announced. 

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