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DARIO FO’S NOBEL PRIZE WINNING PLAY “WE WON’T PAY! WE WON’T PAY!”

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CANDID THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS DARIO FO’S

NOBEL PRIZE WINNING PLAY “WE WON’T PAY! WE WON’T PAY!”

(Minneapolis, MN) Candid Theatre Company, the small, Ivey Award-winning company devoted to presenting challenging productions like Seraphina Nova’s “Dogwood and Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” will soon be presenting a surprising follow-up to those more intense works with the production of Italian playwright Dario Fo’s 1974 play “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” The play is a high-energy comedy of errors, but in true Candid Theatre style, the hilarity of the text is balanced by zinger references to hunger, mass unemployment, invasion of privacy and police state intrusion. All performances take place at 7:30PM at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis between August 23rd and September 8th. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.candidtheaterco.com. A $5 discount is available for Fringe button holders. All Wednesday performances (August 23rd, August 30th and September 6th) will be PAY WHAT YOU CAN with any canned food donation.

With the price of groceries rising every day, what is a simple housewife like Antonia to do? Join a group of protesting women and stuff food and other goods in her clothing, of course! Antonia enlists the aid of her best friend and trusted side-kick Margherita to hide the loot by pretending to be pregnant. Lies and charades begin a wild and energetic comedy of errors. Laugh out loud as these clever women attempt to foil their well-meaning, but suspicious husbands. “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” is “I Love Lucy” meets “The Honeymooners” meets Commedia dell’Arte. While reveling in slapstick, the play also mines for comedy in the truth of the basic human need to survive and feed a family in a world where both government and business conspire against the working class.

“We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!” is directed by Candid Theatre’s Artistic Director Justin Kirkeberg, and features Shana Eisenberg and Jackie Olson as the mischievous wives Antonia and Margherita, while David Wasserman and Corey DiNardo play the dimwitted and law-abiding husbands (as well as various other roles).

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WHAT: “WE WON’T PAY! WE WON’T PAY!”

WHEN: August 23-26, 30-31st and September 1 & 6-8 at 7:30PM

WHERE: The Black Forest Inn, 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

TICKETS: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3042997

Cost: $20 per person, $5 Fringe Discount.
INFO: www.candidtheaterco.com

ABOUT DARIO FO

Dario Fo premiered We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! in 1974. A few months later, several Italian women were arrested for stealing food from a supermarket. The prosecuting attorney in the case argued that Fo’s play incited mass theft from supermarkets. Thankfully, Fo was absolved of any responsibility for these crimes and went on to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature, and subsequently, the play has been performed in over 35 countries.


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