DANTE DIES!! (AND THEN THINGS GET WEIRD)

 

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"Lying, incidentally, is not a sin when done creatively."

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.

 

Approximate run time: 85 minutes, without intermission

 

June 5 - July 13, 2008

Chicago Dramatists

1105 West Chicago Avenue

CAST

Matt proudly serves as producing artistic director of Sideshow Theatre Company, where he was last seen in Mai Dang Lao and both iterations of Stupid Fucking Bird. Other performance credits include Idomeneus (Jeff Award for ensemble), The Golden Dragon, Tyrant, Heddatron, Theories of the Sun, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), and others (Sideshow Theatre Company); The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens); Common Hatred (The Ruckus); As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog & Pony); Chicago Fire (NBC) and two seasons with The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, NC. Matt received his BA in drama at the University of Virginia.

Matt Fletcher

Dante and others

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

"Recommended! Very funny, smart and touching... a truly wonderful performance!"

Valerie Jean Johnson, New City

 

"An amazing theatrical feat... hilarious!"

Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times

 

"Vivid, intimate, visually arresting... Sideshow impresses!"

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

 

"A wonder--funny, touching, inventive, beautifully realized and utterly captivating."

Jack Hafferkamp, Edge Chicago

 

"Lively, poignant... Fletcher is most compelling."

Zach Thompson, Chicago Reader

 

"Impressive young talent at play."

Christopher Piatt, Time Out Chicago

by Walt McGough

directed by Jonathan L. Green

 

June 5 - July 13, 2018

Chicago Dramatists

1105 W Chicago Avenue

 

Run time: 85 minutes, without intermission

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.

Matt Fletcher

Dante and others

Matt proudly serves as producing artistic director of Sideshow Theatre Company, where he was last seen in Mai Dang Lao and both iterations of Stupid Fucking Bird. Other performance credits include Idomeneus (Jeff Award for ensemble), The Golden Dragon, Tyrant, Heddatron, Theories of the Sun, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), and others (Sideshow Theatre Company); The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens); Common Hatred (The Ruckus); As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog & Pony); Chicago Fire (NBC) and two seasons with The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, NC. Matt received his BA in drama at the University of Virginia.