Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird)

by Walt McGough

June 5 - July 13, 2008

sideshow theatre company


scenic designer Lisi Stoessel

lighting designer Kevin Cannon

sound designer Ben Warner


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

New City


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

Edge Chicago

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

photos: Kevin Cannon