The Days of the Commune by Bert Brecht

Every weekend from March 3 through May 27 2012, we assembled in Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) and other public spaces in New York City to work on The Days of the Commune, a play by Bert Brecht. Each scene in the play denotes one day. Each day is documented and posted on this website. The project is still in progress. It will become an installation and a film.

The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first example in modern history of an occupation where working people took over their own neighborhoods and practiced direct democracy. Many different left groups worked together and women played an important part defining and demanding feminist principles that paved the way for our future. Times have changed, OWS faces pepper spray, the Communards were confronted with live ammunition but their belief in taking their future into their own hands, in standing up to the wealthy in leading by example instead of by force is as relevant today as it was then.

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