The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel, Part 1: Romance

April 29, 2021

Part One of our adaptation of Jack London's dystopian novel, the first modern book of that genre, written as a socialist propaganda piece in 1908.  Jack London envisions a world in his near future in which the oligarchs form a fascist regime in America, told from the perspective of Avis & Ernest Everhard (Tori Rulle and Mike Iveson Jr), two young socialist lovers. Antonia Meredith (Yvonne Roen), a historian from a utopia in the far future, provides dubious historical context. A mixture of romance, rhetoric, and revolution, accompanied by the folk music of the Little Red Songbook.

In Part One, Avis and Ernest meet, and Avis learns of the sad history behind the missing arm of a man named Jackson (Craig Anderson).  Written and directed by Edward Einhorn, with music arrangements by Richard Philbin and sound design by Ian W. Hill.

This episode includes an interview with Dr. Erik Loomis, expert on the history of labor.

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