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Fo, Dario

Born: 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Actors, Composers, Playwrights, Satirists


1926 - Fo was born in the province of Varese on March 24, 1926.


1940 - Studied architecture at Brera Art Academy in Milan. World War II intervened his studies and his family is anti-fascist resistance. He helped his father to smuggle refugees and Allied soldiers to Switzerland. He continued his studies at Milan. Became involved in the small theaters movement.


1950 - Began to worked for Franco Parenti's theater company.


1951 - Fo met Franca Rame and was engaged. He was invited to perform an act in radio. He was able to make 18 satirical monologues.


1953 - Directed his own satirical play. After the showing and success of the play, Fo was censured by the government and church.


1954 - Fo and Rame were married on June 24, 1954. He worked in the Piccolo Teatro in Milan but suffered censureship for his satires.


1955 - Fo and Rame as couple worked in a movie production in Rome.


1959 - Fo and his wife returned to Milan and founded the Dario Fo-Franca Rame Theater Company. For is in-charged of the scripts, acting, directing and designing costumes and stage paraphernalia.


1960 - Gained national recognition with the play "Archangels Don't Play Pinball" in a theater in Milan.


1962 - Fo wrote and directed a game show for RAI. The couple was banned from RAI for the next 15 years and continued their work in Teatro Odeon.


1968 - Fo and his wife founded the "Associazione Nuova Scena" theater collective with movalbe stage. They toured in Italy. They were able to turn an abandoned factory building in a theater.


1980 - Fo and family founded a retreat in the hills near Gubbio and Perugia. The couple bought the valley lot bit by bit.


1981 - Received a Sonning Award from Copenhagen University. The America Repertory Theater in Cambridge invited Fo to perform in the Italian Theater in New York.


1997 - Received the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 9, 1997.


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