Accidental Death of an Anarchist
by Dario Fo
edited and updated political commentary by Nigel O'Hearn
Saturdays @ Up Collective Gallery, 2326 East Cesar Chavez Street, 8 p.m. (click for map)
May 13 & June 3 @ HOPE Farmer’s Market Gallery, 414 Waller Street, 1:30 p.m.(click for map)
May 21 & 27 @ Vortex Theatre Lawn, 2307 Manor Rd. 7:30 p.m.
Friday June 1 @ Huston-Tillotson University, Agard-Lovinggood Hall, 900 Chicon Street at E. 7th, 8 p.m.
other venues and times to be announced
Length: about 1 hour, 15 minutes
Free and open to the public; donations accepted
To kick off our third season, and first as Austin’s donation-based public theatre, Palindrome is taking Nobel Laureate Dario Fo’s incendiary political black comedy to the streets. Featuring a new edit and updated political commentary by Palindrome’s Resident Playwright Nigel O’Hearn, this 20th century classic redefined contemporary Italian theatre when it appeared in 1970s Milan, taking aim at the real-life incident of a man killed during police interrogation.
Banned from many theaters during its initial run but seen by nearly half a million people in its first year alone in soccer stadiums, bars, and street alleys, Accidental Death of an Anarchist explores the fear mongering prevalent in a capitalist system that encourages mistrust and exacerbates fear between certain segments of the civilian population and the police force that serves it. Palindrome is using the commentary at work in the comedy for public discussion of Austin’s own recent rash of lethal force slayings against our police force and by our police force in the name of public safety.