Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1995)

The best of the political comedies



The play is a farce based on events involving a real person, Giuseppe Pinelli, who fell - or was thrown - from the fourth floor window of a Milan police station in 1969. He was accused of bombing a bank (the Piazza Fontana bombing). Dario Fo's mischievous yet haunting work is set in a police station, where outside a crowd has gathered to protest the "accidental" death of an anarchist who supposedly fell from the precinct window. The play is dominated by a seeming madman who has been apprehended by the police, released, but keeps hanging around while changing identities, gradually forcing the political truth from the other characters.

Script by Dario Fo

Translation by Stan Lai

Adaptation by Stan Lai, Chin Shih-chieh

Directed by Chin Shih-chieh

Cast: Zhao Ziqiang, Li Jianchang, Liu Liangzuo, Feng Yigang, Ismene Ting

Scenic Design: Yang Weizhen

Lighting Design: Cheng Jianxiong

Costume and Makeup Design: Tsai Yufen

Music Design: Hong Ruiqi

Artistic Director: Stan Lai

Produced by Nai-chu Ding

World Premiere: 11/12/1995 National Arts Hall, Taipei

Toured Cities: Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Chungli, Hsinchu

 
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