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The Drama of the Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon (1902-1954)

Vito Marcantonio Forum & The Drama Workshop Project Present a FREE Performance:

A Theatrical Reconstruction of Congressman Vito Marcantonio’s Effective Radical Legacy

Gaetana’s Restaurant — 143 Christopher Street (on the NW corner of Greenwich St) in New York City | Sunday, Oct 19th 2014 | 12pm to 4pm

Video: Vito Marcantonio: Synopsis of A Great Life (Being Updated)

Theatrical Resurrection of Congressman Vito Marcantonio’s Radical Legacy

WHAT: The Vito Marcantonio Forum will present a theatrical presentation through dramatizations of his speeches as well as remarks from his contemporaries and supporters, Paul Robeson and Leonard Covello. The audience will move through creative monologues, and scenes between Marcantonio and his mentor, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Audience participants will be pre-selected to read segments from a script entitled: A People’s Proclamation for the People’s Politician.

WHO: The Vito Marcantonio Forum or the VMF is an educational organization that studies and highlights the career of the seven-term Congressman from East Harlem and promotes public awareness of Vito Marcantonio’s historical and cultural contributions that addressed the familiar issues of immigration, civil rights, civil liberties, foreign aid, taxation and affordable housing, making him a model for contemporary politicians. This special event is co-sponsored by the Vito Marcantonio Forum & The Drama Workshop Project.

The VMF sponsors scholarly presentations within the framework of artistic events such as poetry, film, and theater and is available to perform in other venues. For inquiries contact,www.vitomarcantonioforum.org

WHEN: Sunday, Oct 19th 2014 | 12pm to 4pm

WHERE: Gaetana’s Restaurant: 143 Christopher Street (on the NW corner of Greenwich St) in New York City

COST: Gratis – Gaetana’s will donate appetizers and discounted house wine, but we encourage guests to purchase lunch. Limited the first 50 people so RSVP today at: vitomarcantonoforum@gmail.com or by phone: Roberto Ragone (917-923-4765)

Roberto Ragone, Actor/Business Consultant, as Congressman Vito Marcantonio

Art Bernal, Actor/Director, as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia

Bernard Johnson, Actor/Director, as Paul Robeson

Eduardro Sanchez, Actor, as Dr. Leonard Covello

Marilyn Ocasio, Actress, Scene Narrator

Concluding Remarks: Dr. Gerald Meyer, author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician (1902-1954)


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Thanks to everyone who attended the VMF Memorial Service August 9th

On behalf of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, we would like to thank everyone who contributed. We could not have done it alone and we appreciate the help.

Melissa Mark Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council, delivered an inspiring speech for everyone in attendance. We will post video soon. BronxNet TV covered the event as well as American Oggi

Check out VMF members on BronxNet News!

Can’t tell you how proud we are to have Vito Marcantonio Forum members Roberto Ragone and Morgan Powell representing our upcoming event in their interview on BronxNet News.

Covello event at Hostos was a hit!

Leonard Covello’s The Heart is the Teacher was rereleased

with the newer edition including an afterward written by Dr. Gerald Meyer

The people at Hostos were kind enough to throw an event in the Vito Marcantonio Room on May Day, 2014 and the event was a success.

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Professor Meyer gave a lecture on the book and the background of Covello and Italian East Harlem during the 1930’s–1950’s. After this, LuLu LoLo Pascale (who personally knew Covello) and Roberto Ragone performed dramatic readings from the book. The Vito Marcantonio Forum thanks everyone who helped put together the event at Hostos and everyone who attended.

Check out this cell phone video of it on youtube:

Book Party at Hostos Community College for Covello’s The Heart is the Teacher

In celebration of diversity, Hostos members of The Italian American Faculty and Staff Council of CUNY Present a Book Party, Dramatic Reading and Discussion:

Leonard Covello’s The Heart is the Teacher

Thursday May 1, 2014

vmf presentation of the heart is the teacher by leonard covello WHAT: Book party, dramatic reading and discussion of Leonard Covello’s The Heart is the Teacher. Recently reprinted and reissued by the John D. Calandra Institute of Italian American Institute’s series dedicated to all aspects of the Italian diaspora. WHO: Professor Gerald J. Meyer, who wrote the Afterword for the reissued book, will contextualize Covello’s work and discuss its pedagogical relevance in today’s multi-cultural society. From the Afterword: “Covello proposed an alternative vision of how Italian-American and other immigrant cultures (and especially their languages) could endure and flourish in their new homeland.” New York based playwright/actor, performance and multidisciplinary artist, LuLu LoLo will dramatize portions of the book while Roberto Ragone, actor/producer, business and cultural consultant, will take on the role of seven-time elected East Harlem Congressman Vito Marcantonio, a former student, and close friend to Covello; reading passages about Marcantonio from Covello’s book and explaining Covello’s importance to education. WHEN: Thursday May 1, 2014 from 12:30-2:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Free admission.

LOCATION: Hostos Community College. Vito Marcantonio Room, B Building Room 115.

DIRECTIONS: click here.