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Dante is a musical adaptation of Dante’s Inferno penned by Raul Herrera and co-produced by Get Lit and The Actors’ Gang Theater. Featuring the Get Lit Players & Literati Fellows, it follows Dante through all of Los Angeles’s temptations, both hellish and blissful, to a path of self-discovery and ultimately, redemption.
The Actors’ Gang presents Dante, Get Lit’s musical adaptation of Dante’s Inferno!
Written by young poet Raul Herrera, adapted by Diane Luby Lane and directed by Cynthia Ettinger, Dante will begin with 2 previews, July 6 and 7, and will continue for 10 performances only, July 8 - July 29, 2017.
Featuring the Get Lit Players and Literati Fellows, Dante explores the power of young voices in our current cultural and political climate. In Lane’s words, “Dante asks young people to think about and dissect the world so that they can understand and improve it. The show is an incredible lesson in what young voices can create and do.” Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Dante is the tale of a young man’s second chance at redeeming himself, having to go through hell in order to confront his demons and realize that one can't live and learn without making mistakes.
Originally inspired by a course called “Dante in Translation” led by Giuseppe Mazzotta, Get Lit’s founder Diane Luby Lane met with the Literati Fellows to dissect and free-write modern adaptions of the classic text throughout 2015 and 2016, with Raul Herrera ultimately taking the lead on completing a radical full-length theatrical interpretation. In Herrera’s words, “There's a Dante in everyone…you don't have to be a 13th-century poet to go through hell."
This original play, co-produced by Diane Luby Lane and Tim Robbins, is the work of a long-time creative relationship between Get Lit and The Actors’ Gang Theater. “We are thrilled to present Get Lit’s adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. For the past 8 years, The Actors’ Gang has been supporting and mentoring this exciting and talented group of young men and women. Having presented Get Lit for years in monthly poetry slams, this co-production of their wildly original and exciting adaptation of Dante is a natural extension of our support.” said Tim Robbins, Artistic Director of The Actors’ Gang.
Inspired by the musical Hamilton, in which Get Lit mentor Daveed Diggs appeared as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in Broadway cast, Dante tells its story with elements of poetry, rap, comedy, and original music by Wilkie Ferguson (In The Heights, Boys Choir of Harlem).
The audience will follow Dante through LA’s temptations, both hellish and blissful, to ultimately find self-discovery and redemption. Along with each performance, audience members will be invited to participate in a comprehensive installation in which a new vice/circle of hell will be explored before and after the show through sensory experiences, cocktails, panels, art pop-ups, performances, & more. Enter the Inferno!
About the Cast and Creative Team
The Cast for Dante will feature (in alphabetical order): Marquesha Babers, Walter Finnie, Gordon Ip, Khamal Iwuanyanwu, Joab Louis, Alexis Martinez, Maia Mayor, Anna Osuna, Zach Perlmuter, Johnny Soto, Vanessa Tahay, & Kyland Turner.
The Creative Team includes: Cynthia Ettinger (Director), Pierre Adeli (Assistant Director), Raul Herrera (Playwright), Olivia Courtin (Costume Design), Cihan Sahin (Lightning and Sound Design), Wilkie Ferguson (Original Music), Michael Panes (Script Consultant), Samuel Curtis (Cinematographer), Diane Luby Lane (Producer), Tim Robbins (Co-Producer), Simon Hanna (Assistant Producer), Christina Pacheco (Co-Assistant Producer).
About Get Lit
Get Lit - Words Ignite is a performing arts organization that fuses classic and spoken word poetry to empower youth and inspire communities in over 100 schools across Southern California. By engaging at-risk youth in classic literature and penning their own responses, teens become engaged in their own futures and unearth their potential. Get Lit was founded in 2006 by Diane Luby Lane and has grown into a revolutionary poetic movement. Join the #LiteraryRiot at www.getlit.org!
About The Actors’ Gang
Since 1981, The Actors’ Gang has created and presented over 150 bold, original works and reinterpretations of the classics that address the human condition from an uncompromising and fresh perspective. Over the past 35 years, The Actors’ Gang has performed for audiences throughout the world, on five continents, and in 40 U.S. states. Our groundbreaking Prison Project is currently in ten California prisons serving incarcerated women, men and children with rehabilitation programs that reduce tensions in prisons and significantly reduce the recidivism rate. Hundreds of children in Los Angeles public schools discover confidence and creativity with our Education Department through in school immersion and after school programs. Our classes encourage acceptance, respect and team building in a fun and effective way. For more information, please visit us in our theater or online at www.theactorsgang.com.
Presenter / Producer: Tim Robbins & Diane Luby Lane
Theater > Drama
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 310-838-4264
The Actors' Gang
9070 Venice Blvd
Culver City CA 90232
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 7/6/2017 - 7/29/2017
All performances begin at 8pm.
General Tickets: $34.99
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