A Long Shadow – Encore Performance at Loyola U. October 10

The Italian American Studies program of Loyola University and the Italian American Theatre of Chicago will reprise A Long Shadow, the silver medal-winning play by August Nigro, about the last day in the lives of Sacco and Vanzetti on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. on the Lakeshore Campus, 6501 N. Kenmore, Chicago 60660, in the Information Commons, 4th floor. The dramatic reading, directed by Nancy Greco, will be preceded by a talk by Michele Fazio, PhD, University of North Carolina. Dr. Fazio will add historical context for playgoers and help cast light on this sensational case that rocked the world in the 1920’s.

Tickets: $10/$5 students with ID — (Loyola students, staff and faculty, free with ID)  Reservations at info@italianamericantheatreofchicago.com

Forgotten Heroes Remembered

The Italian American Theatre of Chicago thanks Yad Vashem for their recognition of nearly 700 Italians as “Righteous Among the Nations” for their acts of courage and compassion, sheltering and aiding Italian Jews during WWII. On March 17, at 2 p.m., Chicago’s  Illinois Holocaust Museum will feature a documentary about some of these heroes, among them champion cyclist, Gino Bartali, who smuggled fake ID’s in his bicycle frame.  Consul General Giuseppe Finochiarro will welcome guests, and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Adina Sella, will participate in a conversation following the screening. If you are interested in attending, see the link below. Reservations are required.

Forgotten Heroes

A Long Shadow Lights Up Chicago

Kudos to all who made the staged reading of silver medal-winning playwright August Nigro’s A Long Shadow a resounding success. The audience attending the performance at the Annual Meeting of the Italian American Studies Association at UIC on 10/19/18, were struck by the one-two punch of the play’s beautiful words and powerful message. For a provocative review by Dr. Jerome Krase, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College, CUNY, see http://bloggers.iitaly.org/bloggers/41644/theater-review-sacco-and-vanzetti-long-shadow-august-nigro