Steven Epp to Return to Berkeley Rep in March with ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

Director Christopher Bayes and comic actor Steven Epp - the duo behind the uproarious A Doctor in Spite of Himself - return to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the explosive political farce by Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo. A Berkeley Rep favorite, Epp delighted audiences in Figaro and The Miser - now the master comedian returns in a criminally funny production about corruption. Only one man can cut through massive bureaucratic duplicity and reveal what happened to the suspected anarchist who died from a fall out of a fourth-floor police station window. Did he jump? Or was he pushed? In this contemporary take on a beloved classic, Berkeley Rep hauls you down to the station for a hilarious interrogation of our culture. This madcap comedy starts previews in the Roda Theatre on March 7, opens March 12, and runs through April 20.

"It's a true pleasure to have Steve Epp and Christopher Bayes back at Berkeley Rep," says Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. "Steve is one of the best comics in America and Christopher has done seminal work for us in the past. These are two guys who are at the top of their game. Accidental Death of an Anarchist is one of my favorite plays and I'm looking forward to presenting this work to Berkeley Rep audiences."

"I'm thrilled to be back at Berkeley Rep with another biting comedy," says Epp. "The genius of Accidental Death of an Anarchist is Dario Fo's ability to take a harsh subject fresh out of the headlines and turn it into a raucous farce, exposing our dirty political underbelly, while keeping us laughing all at the same time. We had a blast playing it to audiences in New Haven and can't wait to bring to Berkeley Rep's adventurous audience."

This production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in November.

Adapted by Gavin Richards from a translation by Gillian Hanna, Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre.

Director Christopher Bayes began his theatre career with the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer, and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting company of the Guthrie Theater for over 20 productions, including The Tempest, King Lear, Marat/Sade, The Triumph of Love, and his one-man show This Ridiculous Dreaming, based on Boll's novel The Clown. His directing credits include productions at Berkeley Rep (A Doctor in Spite of Himself, co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre), Intiman Theatre, Court Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Touchstone Theater, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. His New York work includes HERE Arts Center, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, the Flea Theater, The Public Theater, the Juilliard School, NYU's Graduate Acting Program, and most recently the Atlantic Theater Company, where he designed the movement/choreography for John Guare's new evening of short plays,3 Kinds of Exile. He served as movement director and creator of additional movement for the Broadway and national touring productions of The 39 Steps (the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines, Cort, and Helen Hayes theatres). He was a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow. He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School and NYU's Graduate Acting Program, was the head of movement and physical theater at The Brown/Trinity Consortium, and has taught workshops for Cirque du Soleil, the Big Apple Circus, The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. He is currently a professor at Yale School of Drama where he serves as head of physical acting.

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