Written by Franca Rame and Dario Fo

Translated by Estelle Parsons

Direct by Daniel Taube

CAST: Summer Chance, Beata Pilch, Karolyn Shapiro, Stephanie Manglaras, Cheryl Graeff, Melissa Culverwell
DESIGN: Sean Marlow

“It represents a quantum leap forward for the company, in both theatrical sophistication and emotional nuance.” 
-Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader

“Aggressive and adventurous…” 
-Catey Sullivan, Nightlines

Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo…Written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame in support of the Italian Womens movement, this is a grotesquely comic look at women’s sexual situation in post-modern times. Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoodramatizes different viewpoints and different stories that intersect at the heart of the same human experience– mankind’s struggle against oppression, both personal and political, in order to claim the one true inalieble right–freedom!


Dario Fo  (playwright) was an Italian avant-garde playwright, manager-director, and actor-mime, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. A theatrical caricaturist with a flair for social agitation, he often faced government censure. Fo’s first theatrical experience was collaborating on satirical revues for small cabarets and theaters. He and his wife, the actress Franca Rame, founded the Campagnia Dario Fo–Franca Rame in 1959, and their humorous sketches on the television show “Canzonissima” soon made them popular public personalities. They gradually developed an agitprop theatre of politics, often blasphemous and scatological, but rooted in the tradition of commedia dell’arte and blended with what Fo called “unofficial leftism.”

Franca Rame (playwright) was a revered Italian actress, playwright and feminist, whose militant left-wing politics saw her elected to the Italian Senate. She was also the wife of Dario Fo, the 1997 Nobel Prize winner for literature, who in calling Rame his muse, dedicated and shared his medal with her. She collaborated with the writing and production (although she was not always credited) of many of Fo’s plays, in many of which she was also his leading lady.

Dan Taube ( The Director) is a founding member and Artistic Director of thunder Road Ensemble. He has a B.F.A. in acting from NYU and a M.F.A in directing form DePaul UNiversity. For Thunder Road, Dan played The Translator In Dark Ride, wrote and directed Birthrite and directed Tally’s FollyIn the boom Boom Room, andThe Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Other illinois directing credits include a genderswitched version of Beauty and the Beast for The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs, Birdbath for Trap Door Theatre and Orgasmo Adulto Escapes form the Zoo for DePaul University.


Set Design Sean Marlow/Beata Pilch \Lighting Design Richard Norwood \Costume Design The ensemble \Stage Manager Peter Petraszewski/Mike Walker


Opened: March 1996