Poet's Theatre Presents
Dario Fo's
"Accidental Death of an Anarchist"

Founded in Cambridge in 1950, the venerable Poets' Theatre will present Nobel Laureate Dario Fo's political farce "Accidental Death Of An Anarchist" October 9 - October 26 at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway, in Somerville's Davis Square.

This three-week run marks the Poets' Theatre's first production in four years. Poets' Theatre producer Dominick Jones explains, "In 1999 we presented a very successful series of one-acts at the same Davis Square location, but due to various management changes, we had no place to continue our work."

He adds, "Jimmy Tingle's desire to provide a home for seriously funny theatre, the iconoclasm of this great play, and, the fact that Dario Fo (left) expects his performers to update his play, all add up to an immense opportunity we could not turn down."

Jones, Artistic Director Aidan Parkinson (also set to play the Maniac) and Director John Quinn have spent much of their downtime working towards a fresh, energetic interpretation of the play set in a local context and influenced by the current cynical socio-political climate.

Joining in the fun will be actors Andrew Sullivan (Inspector Bertozzo), Gaëtan Gaeton Bonhomme (Officer), Jayk Gallagher (Inspector), Scott Barrett (Superintendent), Maria Feletti and Nadia de Lemeny (Journalists).

Since its debut in 1970, "Accidental Death of An Anarchist" has continued to delight audiences around the world. Based on a true story of an anarchist who "fell" out the fourth floor window of police headquarters while under interrogation, the play follows the Maniac, who pretends to be a judge reinvestigating the case of the Anarchist. Kicked out of the police station, the Maniac returns, takes on multiple identities and gradually forces the hidden truth from the tightlipped police.

A popular and controversial playwright, Dario Fo (who was awarded his Nobel Prize in 1997 for emulating "the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden") has earned international acclaim for his political satires and farces. His writing highlights social injustice, political freedom, corruption, poverty and fascism. He has a healthy disrespect for authority and uses the weapon of laughter to open people's minds to new ideas.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $22 - $25.

For tickets and information, call the box office at 617-591-1616 or visit www.jimmytingle.com.

-- OnStage Boston


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