Bonaventure University Celebrates the Work of Dario Fo:
the Holy Jester
is a one-person play, with the actor assuming the roles of a whole range of
characters from 13th Century Italy: Popes
and Cardinals, Dukes and Duchesses, soldiers on the battle field, traders in the
marketplace, as well as Francis. Fo reconstructs several episodes from the life
of Francis, including his sermon in Bologna, his visit to Pope Innocent III, his
encounter with the wolf of Gubbio, and his death, all performed with humor,
passion and extraordinary energy. This
is a show without props, without scenery and with the simplest of costume
creating an intimate relation between audience and performer. Much
is demanded of the actor who presents Francis as preaching with word, gesture
and movement, following the tradition of la commedia dell’arte. This
is a play that relies solely on the considerable skill of a highly experienced
performer and the imagination of the audience.
Mario Pirovano translated and performed both English and Italian versions in churches and theaters throughout Italy, UK, France and Africa. In 2009, he performed the play at the Edinburgh Festival to great critical acclaim: ‘This production is the most entertaining and funny history lesson you could hope to see, given a captivating performance by the charismatic Pirovano.’ -David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide; ‘a charismatic storyteller, brilliant actor, and passionate translator… it was an excellent performance.’ Minka Paraskevova, Fringe Guru.
Samples of Dario Fo's Artwork
Click on a thumbnail below to see a larger sample image.
Art-Related Links of Interest
Art-Related Links of Interest
Mario Pirovano's website: Includes Dario Fo's Press release re "Francis" : Press Reviews. Mario Pirovano, 2009. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://mariopirovano.it/en/recensioni-francis-the-holy-jester/>.
Dario Fo - Biography. Nobelprize.org, 1997. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1997/
Fo, Dario, and Matthew Fleury. "Dario Fo: 'L'Arte e Contaminata.'" BOMB 12 (1985): 76-77. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/40423173>.
Marenco, Franco. "The Rise and Fall of Irony." World Literature Today 71.2 (1997): 303-08. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/40153048>.
Maceri, Domenico. "Jester of the Working Class." World Literature Today 72.1 (1998): 9-14. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/40153527>.
Attisani, Antonio, and Jane House. "Franciscan Performance: A Theatre Lost and Found Again." PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 25.1 (2003): 48-60. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/3246524>.
Fo, Dario, and Paul Claesson. "'Contra Jogulatores Obloquentes': Nobel Lecture 1997." World Literature Today 72.1 (1998): 4-8. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/40153526>.
Scuderi, Antonio. "Unmasking the Holy Jester Dario Fo." Theatre Journal 55.2 (2003): 275-90. JSTOR. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/25069232>.
NOTE: To use these JSTOR links from off-campus, search for our library and login with your SBU login ID and last name as password. If you are from the community and do not have an SBU login ID, please stop at the reference desk to obtain a copy of an article you wish to read.
Hounsell-Robert, Katy. "A Saint for Satirists."
Catholic Herald 6 Aug. 2010: n. pag. Print.
Thicknesse, Robert. "Subversive Intent." The Tablet 25 Apr. 2009: 30-30. Print.
Compiled by Mary Ellen Ash