Dario Fo Reps Pull Rights to VA Run of Accidental Death of an Anarchist

News   Dario Fo Reps Pull Rights to VA Run of Accidental Death of an Anarchist
A planned April regional production Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, in out-of-the-way Charlottesville, VA, has been canceled because the performance rights were denied in favor of a planned Broadway run.

According to Live Arts, "Pending the prospect of an upcoming Broadway engagement for Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Mr. Fo's representatives have declined to authorize any other American productions."

The engagement at the resident Virginia theatre was previously announced for April 3-25. No Broadway run of the 1970 satire of authority has been officially announced yet.

Live Arts artistic and executive director John Gibson said in a statement, "This is a heartbreaking development for us. We were very excited about the high quality of the cast and collaborators involved in this piece and about our first production of the work of Dario Fo. The cancellation of theatrical rights is not that unusual a circumstance, but this is the first time in 19 years that this has happened at Live Arts. I had a long exchange with Mr. Fo's literary agent in Italy trying to find a different resolution, but ultimately was unable to do so."

Live Arts is setting in place plans for alternate programming in the Upstage Theater in April, but it will not take the form of a full Live Arts production.

Season tickets for this production will be honored at any other Live Arts production in 2009. Subscribers may call (434) 977-4177 ext. 108 or e-mail boxoffice@livearts.org to make those arrangements.

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