Mistero Buffo: Comic Mysteries

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Methuen Paperback, 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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About the author (1988)

More than a playwright, Dario Fo is a "theatrical activist," a successful comedian who has been performing and writing for radio, television, film, cabaret, and theater for decades. One of Italy's most renowned dramatists, Fo's avant-garde approach is, in fact, a modern renewal of the commedia dell'artecommedia dell'arte. In the late 1960s, he formed the theater company La Nuova Scena (The New Scene), which produced politically committed shows in meeting halls of leftist organizations. One noteworthy example is Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970), which is still performed, its content constantly updated from a radical Marxist standpoint to reflect current events. It was performed in New York City in 1985. Dario Fo won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.

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