The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel, Part 3: Revolution

April 29, 2021

Part Two 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 two young socialist lovers, Avis & Ernest Everhard (Tori Rulle and Mike Iveson Jr). 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 Three, the Oligarchy seizes power, and Avis and Ernest become revolutionaries. Joined by fellow revolutionaries such as the German immigrant, Biedenbach (Kevin Argus) and Garthwaite (Jason Harris), they face the chaos of conflict. 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 Jack London biographer Jay Williams.

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