EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 21, 2012

Play based on Strike of 1912 to be performed tomorrow

By Yadira Betances

---- — LAWRENCE — The spirit of the Strike of 1912 will come to life in “The Walker” tomorrow at Everett Mills, where the strike started 100 years ago.

The show is based on Giovannitti’s poem “The Walker” and his address to the jury at the end of his 1912 trial as accessory to murder in the death of striker Anna LoPizzo.

Giovannitti along with Joseph Caruso and Joe Ettor were arrested Jan. 29, 1912, for their role in the death of striker LoPizzo. They went to prison for 10 months while waiting trial. While in jail, Giovannitti, a young poet and trade-unionist from Molise, Italy, wrote several poems in jail including “The Walker,” which the play is centered on. Another important part of the show is “The Address to the Jury” delivered by Giovannitti on Nov. 23, 1912 in a Salem, Mass. court.

The drama was written by Stefano Sabelli with production by Libero Opificio Teatrale Occidentale of Ferrazzano, Italy. It was first performed in Giovannitti’s hometown as well as stages in New York and at Yale University. Lawrence is the final stop for the U.S. tour and will be performed just two blocks from where Anna LoPizzo was killed.

Although it has an Italian cast and director, the performance in Lawrence will be the only one presented in English in New England.

If you go:

What: Teatro Del Loto Performs “Arturo Giovannitti’s The Walker.”

When: Friday, 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Everett Mills, 15 South Union St., 6th floor. Seating is limited. to reserve seats call the Lawrence History Center at 978-686-9230 or email amita@lawrencehistory.org.

Cost: $10.