History of Western Theatre: 17th Century to Now/Italian Post-WWII
Dario Fo (1926-?) is the most visible representative of end-of-century Italian theatre, featuring such black comedies as "Morte accidentale di un anarchico" (Accidental death of an anarchist, 1970).
"Accidental death of an anarchist"
"Accidental death of an anarchist". Time: 1970s. Place: Milan, Italy.
A madman is interrogated by police comissionner Bertozzo for impersonating a psychiatrist. He explains he has taken on several other roles in the past, calling his condition "histriomania". When Bertozzo leaves a moment, he identifies himself over the telephone as a colleague and gives him misleading information on Bertozzo. The caller comes over and hits Bertozzo. The madman next takes on the role of a counsellor sent to investigate the suicide of a presumed anarchist, interrogating a second commissionner and a prefect. He determines that the two told the anarchist they had proof of his guilt when they had not and that they had lied to the media about the interrogation. As a result, the madman tells them the ministry of justice and of the interior have suspended them. He utters desperate remarks on their situation while pushing them towards the window, then admits the report is false. He next determines that the commissionner and the prefect had untruthfully told the anarchist they had evidence an acquaintance of his had engaged in separate acts of terrorism. To lessen suspicions of guilt, the madman tries to make them admit they encouraged him by tapping him on the shoulder, by saying anarchy will not die, and by singing left-wing songs. In investigating the actual suicide act, a police officer reveals that to prevent his death he held on to his shoe so that it came off, but the madman points out that on the victim's body both shoes were on. A journalist is announced to conduct an interview on the same matter. To help the two out, the madman disguises himself as a colleague working in the laboratory. The reporter determines that since no damage was found on the anarchist's hands, he was likely unconscious or dead before his fall. She next determines that the ambulance was suspiciously called before witnesses saw him fall. It seems that the anarchist received a blow on the head after being told that the evidence presented by witnesses of his alibi was inadmissable. Comissionner Bertozzo arrives and recognizes the lab officer as the madman, but his colleagues try to shut him up. The madman next tells the reporter he is a disguised bishop sent to investigate the matter. To quiet Bertozzo, he injects him with a sedative. When Bertozzo takes out a revolver, he tricks him into dropping it and then takes out a tape recorder with all the evidence he needs to expose both.