A Play about the Life and Times of Howard Zinn
by Bianca Bagatourian
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
July 30th-Aug 25, 12:30 pm (exc. Mon. Aug. 11) 2014 @The Gilded Balloon
Eddie Vedder/Vitalogy Foundation
"A wonderfully imaginative play 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."
Nominated for the "Amnesty Freedom of Expression" Award, 2014 Edinburgh
"Every now and then a piece of theatre comes along that doesn't just hold you gaze it firmly grabs hold of you and doesn't let you go" The New Current
"The Time of Our Lies - Some productions have the courage to be revolutionary" Theatreview
"You will not see this kind of show outside the Edinburgh Fringe. Wake up and watch it." Lovefringe
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Edinburgh Fringe Review
KPFK 90.7FM Radio Int. - "The Time of Our Lies" Discussion begins at the 45-minute mark
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Bianca Bagatourian is a playwright who had the honor of working with Howard Zinn before he passed away. In her words:
"When I first met him, I said I wanted to do a play that turned entertainment into news as so much news was entertainment. He shook my hand and we were off.
Once Howard saw the first draft, he said: Bianca, of course with a play, so much depends on how it is staged before, who is performing, etc. But what you have here is both lively and substantive.
Josh Chambers was the Artistic Director & Resident Composer of Fovea Floods Theater
from 1996 – 2008 where he created over 30 productions.
"Having directed Howard before, I share his desire to connect with our ancestry and dig deep into history."
Natasha Corinne, Antonio Anagaran, Jorge Castaneda, Charlotte Digregorio, Dana Wilson
Maureen Fleming - Movement Consultant
Jeanette Yew - Production Designer
E. B. Brooks - Costume Designer
The play unfolds through Zinn's personal story as it brings to life the stories of other soldiers of war, examining whether there can possibly be better solutions to mankind's problems. It draws upon various Dickensian and Orwellian characters whose comments are interwoven into the narrative along with puppets, multi-media and Butoh dance. The format is loosely that of Greek Tragedy with lyrics from Howard's work for the chorus to rap as he struggles to represent the voice of the people. We follow Zinn's story as the primary narrative beginning with the bombing of a village in France during WWll
and how he continued on his life's journey from there.
"Bianca, of course with a play, so much depends on how it is staged before, who is performing, etc. But what you have here is both lively and substantive."
"Exciting project.Very clever title! Howard would chuckle.""
-David Barsamian, Alternative Radio
"Howard would sooooo appreciate this project!"
-Paul Alan Smith - Howard's Hollywood Agent
"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times."
Copyright © 2014 Bianca Bagatourian