April 15, 1920 – Parmenter and Berardelli, carrying a payroll
of $16,000, killed by gunmen at S. Braintree, Mass. Bandits made away
May 5, 1920 – Sacco and Vanzetti arrested, charged with being
September 14, 1920 – Sacco and Vanzetti indicted for murder.
July 14, 1921 – Verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree
returned by jury against both men.
October 1, 1923 – second application for a new trial denied by
Judge. Evidence of crime was circumstantial and had to do principally
with the identification of killers in a moving automobile. Two cars
were used by the bandits. Neither Sacco or Vanzetti owned a car nor known to have a friend who owned a Buick or Hudson, the cars used in
the crime. Neither of them knew how to drive a car.
May 12, 1926 – The Supreme Court of Massachusetts found “no
error” in the rulings of the judge.
August 23, 1927 – Date of electrocution of Sacco and Vanzetti
under ruling of Judge.
October 7, 1969 – Joseph Silovsky takes up the case of Sacco and
Vanzetti, in particular Vanzetti, who he believes is an overlooked
historical figure and true hero.
April 19, 1995 – Silovsky visits the hometowns of Sacco and
Vanzetti. He didn’t meet Sacco’s niece. Fell asleep in the wrong
train and ended up in the wrong part of Italy.
June 7, 1998 – Silovsky forces an aesthetic compatriot to grow a
big, bushy mustache. He then makes him read a book through a small
hole in a piece of paper.
October 28th, 2010 - Silovsky attempts to harvest his own
mustache with mixed results.
Feb 6th, 2013 - Silovsky executes his first work in progress that
clearly embodies the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. He uses his
signature fragmentary style, replete with marginalia and near-misses,
to tell the story; even so, the audience walks away stunned, feeling
the empathy and angst that comes from the deep understanding of a