Teatro Del Loto, Giovannitti's Address to the Jury

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Straight from Italy and the NYC and Yale University stages, we are pleased to announce that a production by Libero Opificio Teatrale Occidentale (Ferrazzano (CB) Italiy) will be performed on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill in Lawrence on November 23, 2012 ... just one ENGLISH-LANGUAGE New England performance and its in Lawrence!!
Stefano Sabelli

An original Italian dramatization for stage based on The Walker and Address to the Jury
by Arturo Giovannitti
Friday, November 23, 2012
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, Lawrence

This is a limited seating engagement. Reserve your tickets today for the play and reception to follow. The suggested donation at the door is $10.00. Please make a reservation by calling the Lawrence History Center at 978-686-9230 or emailing amita@lawrencehistory.org.

On the 29th of January 1912, Joseph Caruso, Joe Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti were arrested for their alleged role in the death of striker Anna LoPizzo. They spent ten months in jail while waiting for their judgement, which could mean death in the electric chair.

While all over the world there were protest marches for their freedom, Arturo Giovannitti, a young poet and trade-unionist from Molise, Italy,  composed several poems in jail. One, titled ‘The Walker’, forms a part of the play’s structure. The play also centers on ‘The Address to the Jury’ delivered by Giovannitti on November 23, 1912 in a Salem, MA court room.

A blockbuster judicial case at the time, the trial was watched the world over. One hundred years after that trial, with THE WALKER’S AUTO-DA-FÈ, members of the audience relive that event through stage fiction, putting themselves in the shoes of the jury selected to judge Giovannitti, Ettor, and Caruso (picture of stage at left).

For additional information contact:

Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, Susan Grabski <director@lawrencehistory.org>
Robert Forrant, Chair, Bread & Roses Centennial Committee, Robert Forrant <robert_forrant@uml.edu>