The price of food rises astronomically every day, so what's a working-class person to do? Join up with your neighbors and loot the local grocery store, of course! Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo—Italy's premiere purveyor of social commentary and political farce—spins a relatable situation into an absurdly funny tale as wily Antonia and her friend Margherita cover their criminal tracks in a series of subterfuges including a baby transplant, a casket put to creative use, and a teetering tower of increasingly improbable lies.

Runtime approx. 2 hours with intermission
Recommended for audiences age 12 and up


$17 — general admission
$5 — for students, youth, and senior patrons, as well as Card to Culture

Tickets sold through the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the website).
Season and group discounts are also available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office.
The UMass Department of Theater is pleased to participate in the Card to Culture program. For details, please visit our Card to Culture page.

Students walk across the Isle of View behind the Fine Arts Center. Cherry blossoms are in view.


The Rand Theater, 
Bromery Center for the Arts

A photo of Behnam with buildings in the background
Directed by
Behnam Alibakhshi

MFA in Directing

Behnam Alibakhshi is an Iranian actor, director and theater teacher.
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Emily Peck, wearing glasses
costume design by
Emily Irene Peck

MFA in Costume Design

Emily is a costume designer and technician originally from Iowa and is joining UMass from Nashville, Tennessee.
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