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From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks: the Remarkable Story of Labor Leader Harry Bridges

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I know you have a couple of East Coast performances coming up this month. Can you give us some details?

IR: Yes, I'm performing "From Wharf Rats..." on February 17th at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA and on February 19th at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Both performances are free and open to the public. (Further details are here.)

So I have exciting months ahead -- great gigs of the Bridges play, filming and editing the Paine play, and the pleasure of telling these two men's stories to all who will listen!

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MAB: That is exciting, Ian, and I think the pleasure belongs to the audiences! Thanks for what you are doing to remind all Americans of our roots" I hope your films and performances will help lead to better decisions by voters and government officials--and I think they will. Historically, it's always been the arts that come to the rescue of a broken society, from Shakespeare to Dickens to Steinbeck. I know you have another project in the wings--can you let us in on that secret?

IR: Yes, I have begun research on a new one-man play about inventor, electrical engineer, scientist and visionary genius Nikola Tesla, "the man who invented the 20th Century."

MAB: Well, Tesla and Paine are two of my favorite visionaries--and I'm in awe of Bridges, now that I've seen your DVD! What a trio! Thanks for breathing life into their visions and for visiting with us--we'll look forward to hearing about all your upcoming events and activities!

IR: Thanks as always for your interest in and appreciation of these extraordinary men!

MAB: Yes, all FOUR of you fellas are inspiring! Thanks for visiting with us again here at OpEdNews, and sharing your exciting projects, Ian.

Butler's earlier interview with Ruskin, "How Thomas Paine Still Fights for the Soul of America," is here.

Information about the film, "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine," is here.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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