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October 19, 2012

One-man play that brings Thomas Paine to life sponsored by Wayne Morse Center

No other Founding Father was anywhere close to Thomas Paine in his vision of democracy. He helped shape our national character and inspires us to be better guardians of that legacy. He based his beliefs on one simple yet powerful idea, “justice for all.”

In theone-man play “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine," actor Ian Ruskin explores the highs and lows of Thomas Paine’s political career and personal life. The play, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. in 110 Knight Law Center.

“When I ‘discovered’ Thomas Paine, I was astounded by his story. As I read more about him and interviewed people who have studied his life, my fascination grew,” Ruskin said. “I kept the focus on writing about a person, not a historical figure.”

Ian Ruskin is an actor, writer and social activist. He trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and spent 15 years in repertory companies before moving to Los Angeles in 1985. After starring in guest roles as "the intelligent bad guy" in shows such as “Murder She Wrote” and “MacGyver, ” Ruskin returned to his classical theater roots, involving himself in work that affects an audience and promotes social justice.

“To Begin the World Over Again” is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the Labor Education and Research Center. Cosponsors include ACLU of Oregon, UO History Department, UO Theater Department, Oregon Humanities Center, and Lane County Labor Council.

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