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Production: 'Waiting For Lefty' (See all 7 roles)

Gunman (Supporting)

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Production Details

Casting Clifford Odets's "Waiting for Lefty," a vigorous, confrontational work, based on a 1934 strike of unionized New York cab drivers. Explicit political messages dominate the p...more

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Male, ages 25-45, Caucasian, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race

Role Description

Gunman: (Supporting) Harry Fatt's "muscle" and enforcer. Though he has few lines, he is as sinister a figure as Fatt himself, a constant menace. He keeps order at the union meeting by moving in to silence anyone who challenges Fatt's rule. Though the question is left open, it is possible that he (or another of Fatt's henchmen) is Lefty's murderer. In political terms, he represents all the various forces of violence (military, police, or reactionary gangs) at the disposal of those in power. His kind is used to bully the workers into submission and crush any threat to the establishment. In the final scene, both Fatt and the Gunman try to physically restrain Agate Keller—and, significantly, are unable to do so. Keller's comrades form a human shield, protecting him as he exhorts the meeting to defiance.


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