Dario Fo and the Commedia dell’Arte

Authored by: Antonio Scuderi

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374

10.4324/9781315750842.ch43

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Abstract

The Italian playwright and performer Dario Fo (b. 1926) is one of the most important figures in contemporary world theatre. His career began in the early 1950s and spans over half a century. By the 1980s some were proclaiming him the most widely performed living playwright in the world. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, which further advanced his popularity and influence. To date, he is still active as a writer, a performer, and a visual artist. His plays, translated into many languages, are still widely performed today and his influence continues into the new century.

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