Brecht in Zuccotti Park

A media studies instructor at Queens College along with a troupe of performers from the Occupy Wall Street performance committee are occupying Zuccotti Park for a few mornings with a staging of Brecht’s Days of the Commune.

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The small crowd of about a dozen men and women — plus one accordionist — are performers in a slow-motion production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Days of the Commune,” a play about an uprising that temporarily took over Paris in 1871. The show was selected for its historical resonance with New York’s contemporary protest movement.

Art and life blend in unusual ways on mornings when the actors gather in Zuccotti Park. During Scene 3 — a stand-off between the communards and the French army — the pounding drums of real-life protest marchers could be heard in the distance. At another point, actual police officers circled the pretend-revolutionary performers, peering at the cardboard rifles before moving on.

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