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

Harry Fatt (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 40-60, Caucasian, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race

Role Description

Harry Fatt: (Supporting) a corrupt union leader, the play's most obvious villain and the primary focus of its outrage—a stereotypical "fat cat," driven by a ruthless greed and a hunger for power. He is unmoved by the desperate poverty of the workers he claims to serve. He is purposely exaggerated, a constant force of pure evil. Odets intended the audience to see him as "an ugly menace," hovering over the lives of all the characters. Though Fatt pays lip-service to democratic principles and rails against the "anti-American" nature of communism, he is a tyrant and "racketeer," imposing his will on the union by force and intimidation. The union members overwhelmingly support a strike, and the play's political logic demands one. Yet Fatt is determined to prevent it and to maintain control by any possible means, including murder.


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