Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist - Melbourne Theatre Company 1983

by Dario Fo Translated by Tony Mitchell

Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Italian: Morte accidentale di un anarchico) is a play by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature winner Dario Fo. Considered a classic of 20th-century theater, it has been performed across the world in more than forty countries, and based on the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing and its related investigations and influences. The play opens with Inspector Francesco Bertozzo interrogating a clever, quick-witted and mischievous fraudster, simply known as the Maniac, in Bertozzo's office on the third floor of the police headquarters in Milan. The Maniac constantly outsmarts the dim-witted Bertozzo and, when Bertozzo leaves the room, intercepts a phone call from Inspector Pissani. Pissani reveals to the Maniac that a judge is due at the police station to investigate the interrogation and "accidental" death of the anarchist, whilst the Maniac pretends to be a colleague of Bertozzo's and telling Pissani that Bertozzo is "blowing a raspberry" at him. The Maniac decides to impersonate the judge, Marco Malipiero, an opportunity he has been waiting a while for, and to humiliate the policemen responsible for the "accidental" death. After Bertozzo reenters his office, the Maniac is forced out of the office, taking Bertozzo's coat and hat to use in his disguise. Bertozzo chases him, running into Pissani, who punches him in retaliation for "blowing a raspberry" at him.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist MTC - Max Gillies, Tony Taylor, John Turnbull, Russell Newman, Robert Giltinan, Deborah Kennedy

Director - Brent McGregor
Designer - Tony Tripp
Lighting - Jamie Lewis

Playbill / Program Date Feb - Mar 1983 Athenaeum Theatre

Size 150 x 220 mm 

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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