Mistero Buffo

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Heinemann, 1988 - Drama - 122 pages
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A triumphant transformation of mediaeval mystery plays into radical political theatre



Mistero Buffo, or The Comic Mysteries, recreates the irreverent vitality of the popular mediaeval theatre. It is based on careful research into the work of the strolling players of Italy in the middle ages. Essential to an understanding of the well-springs of Fo's remarkable genius, this is the first translation of the play into English.

"Fo is the determined enemy of pomp, ceremony and the material aspects of religion but what shines out of this exhilarating show is the love of humanity and truth." (Michael Billington, The Guardian)


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Contents

The Flagellants Laude page
14
The Marriage at Cana page
35
The Birth of the Villeyn page
55
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About the author (1988)

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo was born in San Giano, Lombardy, Italy on March 24, 1926 and educated at Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. In June of 1954, he married playwright and actress, Franca Rame; they have three children. Fo has written more than 40 plays, many of which have been translated and performed in more than 30 countries worldwide. He first earned acclaim as a playwright in 1953 with Il dito nell'occhio (A Finger in the Eye). He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. Some of his more recent titles in English translation are The Open Couple and an Ordinary Day (1990), The Pope and the Witch (1993), and (with Rame) Plays, Two (1994).

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