Rebel Voices is the stage adaptation of Howard Zinn's "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Zinn's popular book is heralded for challenging and "correcting" the limited scope of U.S. history included in textbooks and most historical publications, by providing factual events without what many consider to be an American "imperialist" perspective of our nation's history.
Rebel Voices, according to press notes, "is an important testimony to the strength of the individual voice, as told through first-hand accounts from people who have shaped the course of U.S. history, often struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds. The Rebel Voices include Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X as well as lesser-known figures like Maria Stewart, a pioneer Black abolitionist from the early 1800s; Stella Nowicki, a union organizer in the 1930s; and such contemporary voices as Iraq war resister Camilo Mejía and Patricia Thompson, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina."
The talent confirmed to raise their voices include poet Staceyann Chin and acclaimed musician Allison Moorer, who will lead the permanent cast of Rebel Voices that includes Opal Alladin, Tim Cain, Morgan Hallett, Lenelle Moise and Thom Rivera. Also set to participate in the rotating cast are Wallace Shawn, Lili Taylor, Ally Sheedy, David Strathairn, Glover, Larry Pine, Harris Yulin, and musicians Patti Smith, Steve Earle and the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson.
Rebel Voices will play Saturdays at 9 PM, Sundays at 5 PM and Tuesdays at 8 PM through Dec. 16. The production began performances Nov. 10.
On Nov. 18 the Culture Project also debuts A Question of Impeachment featuring artists, scholars, journalists and politicians debating the presidency of President George W. Bush (and Vice President Dick Cheney), while exploring the issues necessary to elect our nation's next president. The series will continue Sundays and Mondays through Dec. 16. Sunday discussions will approach the issues as presented through film, theatre, music and other art forms, while the Monday counterparts will focus on the articles of impeachment directly, through depositions modeled on actual impeachment hearings.
Among the individuals taking part in A Question of Impeachment are Phoebe Snow, Annabella Sciorra. Kristen Johnston, Tom Cavanagh, playwright Sam Shepard, American poet Jorie Graham, New York-based band Mary Lee's Corvette, performer and playwright Rinde Eckert and journalist Laura Flanders.
The artists currently scheduled for the Sunday series are Khaliah Ali, Bobby Cannavale, Staceyann Chin, Willie Garson, Julie Goldman, Adam Rapp, Denis O'Hare and Scott Cohen, who will be on hand throughout the series to read sections of the Constitution, Articles of Impeachment and other documents.
The Question of Impeachment line-up will also feature screenings of Charles Ferguson's documentary "No End in Sight" and Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme's film about rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, "Right to Return."
The individuals taking part in the Monday night Questions include Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan and member of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements; and retired Colonel Ann Wright, one of three U.S. State Department officials who resigned in protest prior to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in March, 2003.
Also scheduled are best-selling political journalist and Salon.com contributor Joe Conason; best-selling author of "The End of America" Naomi Wolf; attorney Martin Garbus; attorney Elizabeth Holtzman; David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.com; retired CIA officer Ray McGovern; former NBC correspondent Richard Valeriani; and journalist Scott Horton.
Tickets and detailed performance schedules are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.cultureproject.org.