Sacco, Vanzetti tragedy explored at Loyola staging

Sep 20, 2021 419

Loyola University Italian American Studies and The Italian American Theatre of Chicago will present a performance of “A Long Shadow” at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Loyola University Lake Shore Campus. The staged reading of August Nigro’s play about the last day in the lives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti will be presented on the fourth floor of Information Commons, 6501 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago.

Nancy Nigro will direct the performance, which will include preplay remarks by Michele Fazio, Ph.D., professor of English at the University of North Carolina. Sacco, a shoemaker, and Vanzetti, a fish peddler, were convicted of a murder committed during a robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920. Their controversial trial and conviction were suspected by many of having been marred by anti-Italian, anti-immigrant and anti-leftist sentiment.

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