A timeless satire on government corruption
To the Daily Sun,
When President Kennedy was assassinated I was an exchange student in a Dallas high school. When Lee Harvey Oswald was killed a few days later conspiracy theories took off and to this day there are questions on who originated the plot.
Six years later a bomb went off in a crowded bank in my hometown of Milan, Italy, killing 16 people and wounding 84. The police, under pressure to resolve the case, immediately arrested an anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, and brought him in for questioning. A few days later Pinelli died from a fall from the fourth floor of the police station. The ensuing investigation attempted to clarify whether he committed suicide, was pushed, or fell accidentally. The eventual conclusion that indeed it had been an accident failed to convince many, and Dario Fo, a playwright, satirist and acute observer of the Italian political scene was urged to write a play about the perceived cover-up. What resulted was "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist" in which he used words of the many versions offered by the authorities and created an irreverent and comical portrayal of corruption and incompetence.
His effort caused him to be repeatedly sued for slander but also to be hailed as the courageous champion of morality. For his body of work in 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His plays have been performed around the world and I was pleased to see that "The Anarchist" is going to be presented at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. It will resonate with all those who have doubts about the explanations of recent events, those who enjoy satire, and all anarchists, that is all who believe that governments impinge on personal liberty in this state of "Live free or die."
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