A New Play
Adapted for the stage by Alejandro de la Costa
Translated by Mark-Brian Sonna
from the original text by Dante Allighieri
Directed & Choreographed by
Mark-Brian Sonna - recipient of the
2009 Column Award Nomination as Best Featured Actor in a play for his role as Satan
"A triumph in theatrical imagination."
-Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice
"A unique creative vision....
Dante and Mark-Brian Sonna, I wished a time machine existed to unite them as collaborators..."
-Alexandra Bonifield, DFWTheatrescene.com
"There is something of the sorcerer in Mark-Brian Sonna, how he can take simple acoutrements like heavy drapes of fabric, white masks, rakes and transform them into the stuff of hallucination and epiphany."
-Christopher Soden, EdgeDallas
"Sonna's eight member cast does skillful job of portraying the dozens of different characters encountered in the nine swirling circles of Hell...enjoy the hellacious landscape before you, one that relies less on props, costumes or scenery and more on the text and raw emotion."
-Chad Jones, PegasusNews.com
"The sound design, almost entirely performed by vocalizations of the cast, was strikingly effective. The settings and scenery, almost entirely formed of the cast's lithe and sturdy young frames, are as beautiful as they are temporal....you will enjoy MBS's deep respect for the text and the remarkable creativity..."
-Jason Rice, RoverDramawerks
Midway in the journey of life
I found myself in a dark wilderness…
So begins the classic book by Dante Alighieri. This book is considered one of the greatest pieces of literature. Dante tells the story of his guided journey into the deep recesses of hell. As he voyages through each circle, going deeper into the earth, he encounters a myriad of damned souls; and as he witnesses their ghastly punishments he learns the cause of their torment. As he travels further he also encounters obstacles that might trap him for an eternity. This adaptation for the stage presents this classic story in a new light, with extensive choreography and with modernized language, making it accessible to those who have only heard of the book. Alejandro de la Costa’s adaptation captures the raw intensity, violence, sexuality, and horror that has stunned readers for hundreds of years. The actors in this production through the use of their bodies become the beasts, the devils, the sinners, and the towering bodies and rivers of flesh that Dante encounters. Because of the graphic nature of the play you must be 18 or older to see it.