Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Written by Dario Fo
Directed by Christopher Bayes
Main Season · Roda Theatre
March 7–April 20, 2014
A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody and the police inquiry turns into…a masterpiece of comedy? Steven Epp returns to Berkeley Rep for a criminally funny production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. He delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser—now he’s back in another madcap show directed by Christopher Bayes. Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo penned more than 70 incisive scripts, and this is by far his most famous. With Epp’s outrageous Anarchist, Berkeley Rep hauls you down to the station for a hilarious interrogation of our culture.
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“Steven Epp manages to combine the cheerful hostility of Groucho Marx, the winsomeness of Tommy Smothers and the stupidity of Homer Simpson.”—New York Times
“The sublime Steven Epp is a dream to watch. Loose-limbed, supple-voiced, and blessed with devastating comic timing.”—The Washingtonian
“Epp’s witty elan and winning bewilderment come across as comic grace. He’s altogether lovable…a stylistic cousin-in-clowning to the humility-projecting Bill Irwin.”—Washington Post
“Bay Area audiences met and fell in love with Steven Epp when, as part of the touring Theatre de la Jeune Lune company, he threw himself around the Berkeley Repertory Theatre stage. We first saw him in 1994 in Don Juan Giovanni, a mashup of Beaumarchais plays and Mozart’s opera. More recently—and perhaps most memorably—he was the titular skinflint in Jeune Lune’s extraordinary The Miser in 2006.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone introduces Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Free Speech pre- and post-show enrichment programs
Meet us in the Theatre an hour before the show on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 30-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions follow matinees.
Our docents also offer talks off-site:
- Monday, March 10 · 7pm—Kensington Library
- Tuesday, March 18 · 7pm—Orinda Library
- Wednesday, March 19 · 2pm—Moraga Library
- Tuesday, March 25 · 7pm—Lafayette Library
Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Cap off your night with us after select evening performances throughout the season and sample wine, spirits, and other culinary delights from local vendors—all for FREE! Samplings begin immediately following the performance.
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
Past Teen Night guests have included: Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo, dancers in Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup; and Michael Suenkel, Berkeley Rep’s production stage manager.
- Friday, March 7, 2014