Accidental death of an anarchist

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S. French, 1987 - Drama - 100 pages
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Fo's subversive drama is based on a true-life story: a prisoner falls from a window at police headquarters which triggers a chain of events exposing the judicial and police corruption of 1970s Italy.

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A Marx brothers type of political farce. The play revolves around the theme of misuse of power. In 1969 a bomb was planted in an Italian bank and a number of people were killed. In the aftermath of ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

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.

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