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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms Thr 1853

Ronald Scott Jenkins collection of Dario Fo posters and designs


Contains posters for various Dario Fo theatrical productions, as well as a poster and watercolor designs by Fo for the American premiere of "Archangels Don't Play Pinball" at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1987.


  • 1974-1989

Language of Materials

Italian, English, Dutch, French

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.33 linear feet (12 oversize folders)

Contains posters and designs for the 1987 American premiere of "Archangels Don’t Play Pinball" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which Ronald Jenkins translated from the Italian, working directly with Dario Fo. The designs are by Dario Fo, and the production posted is inscribed to Jenkins from Fo. Further materials include posters from European productions of Dario Fo’s productions from the 1980s, including "Mistero Buffo," "Coppia aperta, quasi spalancata" (or “The Open Couple”), "Quasi per caso una donna: Elisabetta (or “Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman), Il Fabulozzo Osceno (or “The Obscene Fabulozzo”), as well as a mime performance from 1974. A single poster from the Joshua Sobol play "Ghetto: A Triptych," which Jenkins also translated, is also included.

Biographical / Historical

Ronald Scott Jenkins is a Professor of Theatre at Wesleyan University who studies documentary theatre focusing on issues of social transformation and human rights. He is a former Guggenheim and Fullbright Fellow, and has translated the plays of Nobel Laureate and Italian playwright Dario Fo, including the production of "Archangels Don’t Play Pinball" at the American Repertory Theater. He travelled extensively throughout Europe with Fo and Franca Rame, Fo's wife and theatrical collaborator, and acted as a real-time translator for the New York premiere of "Mistero Buffo." Jenkins wrote a book on Dario Fo and his wife and collaborator Franca Rame entitled "Dario Fo and Franca Rame: Artful Laughter."

A former circus clown, Jenkins holds a doctorate from Harvard University, and is a graduate of Haverford College. Further work includes the translation and/or direction of plays by the Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, such as "Ghetto: A Triptych," performed at the Square Theatre, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. Jenkins’ most recent book, "Saraswati in Bali" is the third in a trilogy regarding community activism and sacred temple performances in Indonesia.

Dario Fo (1926-2016) was an Italian actor, playwright, director, stage designer, and political activist, and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. His plays rely on improvisation and harken back to older forms of theatre, such as giullari (medieval strolling players) and commedia dell’arte. Perhaps his most well-known play is "Mistero Buffo." Fo married actress Franca Rame in 1954, and she became his theatrical collaborator and acted in many of his productions; they had one son, Jacopo Fo (1955-).


Arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

ppf (P1.C4.01.02 - P1.C4.01.03 [Folders 1-12])

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit of Ronald Scott Jenkins, 1989 November 06.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2018 September.

Jenkins, Ronald Scott. Ronald Scott Jenkins collection of Dario Fo posters and designs, 1974-1989 (MS Thr 1853): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 September 27
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