This performance traces the story of Arturo Giovannitti, a young immigrant from Molise. He was wrongly accused of inciting class hatred which led to the murder of a young textile worker, killed by the clashes with security forces during the great strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. During the process Giovannitti decides to represent himself, in English, from the slanderous accusation. His extraordinary self-defense pronounced in perfect English, made history as a hymn of civil and racial integration. L’Autodifesa will be accompanied by extracts of The Walker, the poem that Arturo wrote in prison while awaiting the trial, considered one the most authoritative expressions of American poetry. A reception with the artists will follow.
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