Dario Fo is an Italian satirist, playwright, theatre director, actor, composer and painter. His dramatic work employs comedic methods of the ancient Italian commedia dell’arte, a theatrical style which has been popular, since the distant past, with working classes. He has been running and operating his own theatre company together with his wife, the actress Franca Rame, for various decades.
He was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Committee defined Dario Fo as a writer “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.”