Clown, political activist, playwright, actor: Dario Fo is an unclassifiable genius of the modern theatre. In his "mini-manual for actors," Fo lays bare the tools of his craft. With the assistance of his wife, playwright Franca Rame, he explains how text, song, humor, mime and political intelligence can be fused into brilliant "popular theatre."
"...Dario Fo, the provocative Italian winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize, is both playwright and actor, as well as an all-round iconoclast. Washington Post."
"Since Fo believes that his plays are profoundly more meaningful when performed than read, the best printed introduction to Fo's work is this excellent translation of The Tricks of the Trade. a distillation of the six-day performance workshops given internationally by Fo and his feminist wife Franca Rame, the book illuminates the secrets of Fo's unique art. . . Filled with personal anecdotes and insights about the history of comic theater, Tricks of the Trade is a joy to read." -- Octopus (Champaign, IL)