A ONE-MAN PLAY
by Ian Ruskin
TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN: THE LIFE OF THOMAS PAINE
In this one-man play, Ian Ruskin, an actor trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, brings Thomas Paine back to life. In 1775, Paine, a man who had lived 37 remarkably unremarkable years in England, arrived in Philadelphia. He then proceeded to change the world. His pen ignited the American Revolution, defined the French Revolution and articulated the concept of Reason. His vision of true justice and equality for all human beings still inspires millions of people and his ideas, revolutionary in 1776, are revolutionary today.
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AFTER THE PLAY
Stay for the talk back and then join us for some period baking by food historian and baker, Linda Civitello, PhD, author of Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking.
American culinary independence was one of the factors in American political independence. Enjoy some Independence Cake, Soft Gingerbread baked in pans (aka White Rose Gingerbread), Pumpkin Cornbread, and Maple Coriander Cookies.
ABOUT THOMAS PAINE
Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, Norfolk, England on February 9th, 1737 to an Anglican Mother and Quaker Farther. The Quaker philosophy of equality and simplicity of worship influenced him for the rest of his life. When he sailed for the Colonies at age 37 his only real accomplishment was his ability to debate. Arriving in Philadelphia, he began to write, and his “Common Sense” ignited the American Revolution and the “American Crises” papers inspired it through its darkest days. Sailing to France he soon found himself at the center of the French Revolution, which he defined with his “Rights of Man, Parts First and Second”. England found him guilty of sedition, punishable by hanging had he not escaped to France, where he went from hero to prisoner in Paris and barely escaped the guillotine. He wrote “Age of Reason, Parts First and Second”, his great critique of organized religion and the Bible, and would never be forgiven by many of his former admirers. His “Agrarian Justice” would be echoed 140 years later with the New Deal. He returned to American in 1802 and died on June 7th, 1809. He was one of the world’s greatest propagandists and worst politicians, a very nearly deadly combination more than once in his extraordinary life.
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