Mistero Buffo Analysis

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Mistero Buffo was first performed October 2, 1969 outside Milan by Dario Fo (Behan 99). Oftentimes, his performances of Mistero Buffo were with his wife, Franca Rame, who stated that Fo began collecting these pieces seven years earlier. However, his revisions of Biblical texts date back to 1953 (Behan 95). Inspired by Marxist theories, he strove “to make audiences become aware that their position in society is a consequence of the privileges and oppression perpetrated at their expense by another group in society, the ruling class” (Behan 96). He also used these performances to be a “living newspaper” (Behan 99), incorporating current news and political and cultural satire into them. Fo’s political and social triggers led him to create a more modern—and revolutionary—giullare storytelling style that is comprehensible to the masses around the world. Dario Fo’s background for his style is based on a political revolution in the theatre and the art of storytelling. Much of his inspiration came from Italian medieval theatre and the giullare (Behan 95). The giullare were performers that travelled around Italy performing in public squares to whoever was there, typically peasants. In …show more content…
In 1977, a state television channel decided to broadcast a performance of Mistero Buffo. Upon hearing this, the Vatican became concerned that people would agree with Fo’s criticisms of the Church, which had not been much of a problem until then. The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church accused Fo of encouraging Italian society to “disintegrate” (Behan 102). After attempts to remove Fo’s performances from the air, he responded to their outcries. He stated that he knew he must use Biblical figures and Christian texts for performances because he came across it too often to ignore it in his studies and searches for material (Behan

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