Written in 1970, Accidental Death of an Anarchist is Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo’s best-known play, having been produced and adapted continuously worldwide since its Italian premiere. A political farce drawing on Fo’s own virtuosic talents as a commedia performer and clown, Accidental Deathis based on the events of the “Hot Autumn” of 1969 in Italy, where workers and students agitated against crackdowns and unfair labor practices. The play refers directly to the tragic death of Giuseppe Pinelli, an activist railway worker who was rounded up in the aftermath of a deadly bombing at the Milan train station, and supposedly fell to his death from a Milan police barracks window. Was it an accident or murder? The clown who investigates in Fo’s play is determined to find out.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist