Dante Dies!!

"Lying, incidentally, is not a sin when done creatively."
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Jun 5, 2008
Jul 13, 2008

Seven hundred years ago, Dante Alighieri began writing one of the world's most compelling and imaginative texts. This June, we respectfully screw it all up.

Sideshow Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), a new play by Walt McGough oh-so-loosely based on Mr. Alighieri's Inferno. Partway along the journey of his life, Dante finds himself mourning a lost love, feeling morose and, for some reason, in Hell. Trying to find his way home, he encounters incredible suffering, infernal bureaucracy, some sins of his own, and the aggressive attention of a competitive hot dog eater. Each step downward brings him closer to a personal reckoning with his own story, and maybe a chance to find an answer or two. Enacting the story single-handedly, versatile performer Matt Fletcher brings over fifteen different characters to life as he tracks Dante's progress through the nine circles of Hell in this unexpected and epic adventure.

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written by: Walt McGough

directed by: Jonathan L. Green

featuring: Matt Fletcher