We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!

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Samuel French, Inc., 2001 - Italian drama (Comedy) - 73 pages
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Dario Fo, one of Italy's foremost playwrights, is a rarity- a Marxist with a sense of humor. This hilarious farce, a success Off Broadway and across the U.S., is set in motion when a housewife comes home with groceries she has swiped as part of a spontaneous community action where 300 women did the same. In her effort to keep her secret from her husband, she hides some of the groceries under her best friend's raincoat. Her husband and his friend the accomplice's husband notice the bulge, of course; but they believe the explanation that the accomplice is pregnant! Hilarity is piled upon hilarity as the characters try to extricate themselves from the mess they have gotten into. Eventually, they all unite to support the spontaneous resistance to eviction in their housing project.

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Dario Fo was born in Sangiano, Lombardy, Italy on March 24, 1926. He was educated at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan. During World War II, he was conscripted into the army but fled and went into hiding with the help of his parents, who were active in the resistance. After the war, he became a stage designer but eventually became a playwright, director, and performer. He wrote more than 80 plays including Mistero Buffo (Comic Mystery), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Fedayin, The Open Couple and an Ordinary Day, The Pope and the Witch, and Plays, Two written with his wife Franca Rame. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. He died on October 13, 2016 at the age of 90.

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