Actor Ian Ruskin brings his acclaimed one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine to Boston at historic Faneuil Hall, following performances around the world, including a Los Angeles run and, most recently, the Public Theater in New York. The film of the play aired on PBS over the July 4th holiday.
No other Founding Father was anywhere close to Thomas Paine in his vision of democracy. Paine's book Common Sense was the spark that ignited the American Revolution and remains in print today. He helped shape our national character and inspires us to be better guardians of that legacy. Paine based his beliefs on one simple yet powerful idea: "justice for all." In this time of division and despair, we need, more than ever, to hear Paine's words.