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Full title: SACCO-VANZETTI A DRAMATURGIC SUMMARY JUDGEMENT FROM DOCUMENTS ON THE CASE
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Argentina
CAST: 9 men and 3 women
SETTING: A single stage setting which becomes the various locations of the action.
The author has created a compelling dramatic work from actual documents on the case (please see the forward attached to this page). Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were accused of taking part in a murder and robbery which occurred in South Braintree, Massachusetts in 1920. The case became one of the most controversial in United States history as their Italian heritage and the fact that they were avowed anarchists became focal points in the trial. Mauricio Kartun skillfully interweaves documents and some embellishment to create this powerful drama which chronicles the events from the arrest of Sacco and Vanzetti to the day of their execution some seven years later.
There have been hundreds of books and articles written about this case through the years. One finds writings from such diverse authors as: Katherine Anne Porter (The Never Ending Wrong) who participated in protests at the time; Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht (Justice Crucified: The Story of Sacco and Vanzetti); Paul Avrich (Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background); and Francis Russell (Sacco and Vanzetti: The Case Resolved). Why is this dramatic work different? What can be added to this already heatedly debated topic? The emotional story told through original documents gives great insight into the climate of the times, the personalities, the family ties, and the workings of the court system which tried and convicted the two men. This is an intense drama of an era in American History troubled by class wars and the Red Scare which is brought to view by a playwright with a different perspective, an Argentinean playwright who became fascinated with the case and its importance in world history. Kartun's presentation is a powerful examination of the question: Was there then, and is there now, liberty and justice for all?