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Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.



Biography

Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc., based in Washington, DC, is a not-for-profit theatre company devoted specifically and exclusively to the Commedia dell' Arte.

The Commedia dell' Arte began in Italy in the early 16th Century and quickly spread throughout Europe, and it continues to live in theatre around the world today. Its emergence during the Renaissance marked the beginning of professional theatre in the West; furthermore, the comic characters, themes, and devices employed by early Commedia troupes influenced artists from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Goldoni to The Blues Brothers, American musical theatre, and contemporary sitcoms.

The importance of the Commedia dell' Arte as a movement in theatre history is undisputed, as is its primacy as an ancestor of modern comedy. Acting training programs around the world recognize the value of the physical discipline, spontaneous creativity, and collaborative spirit inherent in Commedia's methods. Furthermore, Faction of Fools believes that the Commedia should still be celebrated and performed for what it is, in and of itself: pure theatre.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/17/2012: Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.

D.C.’s Commedia dell' Arte theater company presents a Commedia Romeo and Juliet.

Video 9/4/2011: Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.

DC’s Commedia dell' Arte theater company presents a new work. Part of Page-to-Stage.

Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.