Robert Wuhl “Assumes the Position” at Ars Nova

They say history is written by the winners. For Robert Wuhl, who has brought his humorous lecture on history, Assume the Position, from HBO to the stage, he prefers to go with Aldous Huxley's take on life, "who says the charm of history lies in the fact that nothing changes from age to age, and yet everything's different." Wuhl said the motives of people don't ever change. We act out of our desires, for food, for power, for sex, or for money. "Nothing changes and yet everything's different," he said. And he hopes that looking back on it all provides some laughs along the way. Wuhl is one week into a two-week workshopping run of the live show at New York City's Ars Nova theater (Ars Nova schedule here), and so far, so good. "They're very much with it," he told me. Here is a clip from the first HBO special in 2006:   He followed that up with a second HBO special, Assume the Position 201, in 2007. In all cases, the audience becomes part of the show — that's no different now that it's a theater and not a formal classroom. Wuhl already has workshopped the theatrical version at the La Jolla Playhouse, and then in Los Angeles. This is the second of two weeks here in New York City. "Then I believe in probably the fall, or early...

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