“Dante: Inferno” a Play by Alejandro de la Costa (2008)

dante-inferno-a-play-by-alejandro-de-la-costa-2008“MBS Productions will be presenting the world premiere of Dante: Inferno from April 10 – May 3, yet they still haven’t found the right actor to play Dante. . .
The play contains adult themes and nudity (not required for the role of Dante). The show is currently in rehearsals and auditions will be held Tuesday-Thursday, March 11-13.”    –Shawn Parikh, Pegasus News, March 11, 2008

“The Inferno Project” by Lauren Reinhard and the Rapscallion Theatre Collective (2008)

the-inferno-project-by-lauren-reinhard-and-the-rapscallion-theatre-collective-2008“The beginnings of the story are familiar: a man disillusioned with his life enters a wood in search of something. What follows however, is all new, equal parts horror, humor and hope. Through the course of the play we follow Dante and Virgil out of the wood and through history as Dante struggles to find his voice and the story of his life in order to save it.
Following the concept of the play is its construction; Reinhard interweaves text from historical speeches and quotes from such notables as Malcolm X, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Thatcher, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr. into her original script. The result is an accurate and heartbreaking look at America’s past struggles and an equally hopeful look at its future.”    —Theater Online

Contributed by Aisha Woodward (Bowdoin, ’08)

Frasier Season 8

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In the fourth episode of the eighth season of Frasier (November 14, 2000), Frasier offers to tutor his boss on the finer things in life saying that he will be the Virgil to his boss’ Dante.

Contributed by Charlie Russell-Schlesinger (Bowdoin, ’08)

Romeo Castellucci’s “Divina Commedia” (2008)

romeo-castellucci-divina-commedia-2008“On February 22, 2002, Romeo Castellucci was assigned the title ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic in the person of Cathérine Tasca. In 2007 Romeo Castellucci was nominated ‘Artiste Associé’ by the artistic direction of the Festival d’Avignon for the 62nd edition in 2008. Here he presented the powerful trilogy Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.
In 2010 Le Monde named the trilogy dedicated to the Divine Comedy the best play and one of the ten most influential cultural events in the world for the decade 2000-2010.”  — Peak Performances

Click on the following links to read reviews of Castellucci’s Inferno and Purgatorio by Jean-Pierre Léonardini (trans. Isabelle Métral).

“Get Smart” TV series (1965-1970)

get-smart-tv-series-1965-1970“The pilot episode of ‘Get Smart’ (1965) features agent Maxwell Smart trying to rescue one ‘Professor Dante’ who has invented a weapon of mass destruction known as the ‘Inthermo.’ At the end of the episode it is revealed that Dante meant to name his invention the ‘Inferno.'”    –Joe Henderson

Contributed by Joe Henderson (Bowdoin, ’10)

Studio Dante, Chelsea, NYC

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Studio Dante (retrieved on January 30, 2008)

Writer Ethan Coen and Director Neil Pepe, “Almost an Evening” (2008)

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“Like many of the Coen brothers’ films, much of ‘Almost an Evening,’ nimbly directed by Neil Pepe, is touched by the premise that hell lurks right under the surface of, or just around the corner from, everyday life. Make that Hell, with a capital H, the same piece of real estate charted by Dante and Milton.” [. . .]    –Ben Brantley, The New York Times, January 23, 2008

“The Divine Reality Comedy” by the Bread & Puppet Theater

the-divine-reality-comedy-by-the-bread-puppet-theater“A theatergoer’s heart could be forgiven for sinking upon learning that the production she was scheduled to see at Theater for the New City was a riff on Dante called ‘The Divine Reality Comedy’ and featured a ‘Born to Buy’ critique set in ‘Paradise.’ But that heart lifted upon hearing that Peter Schumann’s ragtag collective, the Bread and Puppet Theater, was the company undertaking said riff.” [. . .]    –Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times, December 1, 2007

“Marching Owl Band Drops the D-Bomb on Todd Graham”

marching-owl-band-drops-the-d-bomb-on-todd-graham“TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has filed a formal complaint with Conference USA over the Rice marching band’s performance of ‘Todd Graham’s Inferno’ during halftime of Saturday’s football game in Houston. Graham left Rice for Tulsa after just one season… The band’s show depicted a search for the former Owls coach through different circles of Hell, based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.” [. . .]    –Matt Hinton, Sunday Morning QB, November 27, 2007

Contributed by George Trone

“Going to Hell with Benigni”

going-to-hell-with-benigni“Actor brings Dante to TV screens but attacks Italian politicians before presenting Divine Comedy.
MILAN — Unlike Adriano Celentano, Roberto Benigni did not let Romano Prodi off the hook. Yesterday evening, the Tuscan comic spared no one, although most of his barbs, including the funniest ones, were directed at Silvio Berlusconi and the Centre-right. But there were also jibes at [foreign minister — Trans.] Massimo D’Alema and [justice minister — Trans.] Clemente Mastella.”    –Maria Volpe, Corriere della sera, November 30, 2007

Contributed by Patrick Molloy