‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ opens Nov. 10

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Port Townsend High School presents “The Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” an Italian satire by Dario Fo, as its fall production.

“Great literature is always relevant, and there are certainly connections one can make to our current political situation,” director Jennifer Nielsen said of the reason she chose the play written by the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Anarchist” is a farce based on the real-life events surrounding Italian railway-man and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who fell – or was thrown – to his death from the fourth-floor window of a Milan police station in 1969. Pinelli was accused of bombing a bank, but was later cleared of the charge. The government said Pinelli’s death was an accident, but there was widespread public outcry. Fo wrote, directed and starred in the original production in Italy, which opened soon after the incident and played to packed houses. The show continued amid bomb threats and police intimidation, according to a press release.

The cast includes Cece Nielsen, Jackson Wilke, Keagan Nordstrom, Max Stuart, Jim Guthrie and Katherine Eldridge, along with crew members.

Performances are at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, and $3 for children younger than 12.

While the show is recommended for all audiences, very small children would probably not understand or enjoy the humor, said Nielsen.

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