2019 Season


Inferno

By Bryan Burch
From The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
A World Premiere Commissioned by ISF 


Cast

Anasazi Bhakti  Player 
Gavin Douglas  Dante 
Candice Handy Player 
James Hinkley  Player/Musician 
J. Tyler Jones  Player 
Dominique Knight  She-Wolf 
Isis Phoenix  Virgil 
Stefani Potter  Beatrice 
Abbey Rhyne  Player 
Andrés Rodriguez  Player/Musician 
Samuel L. Wick  Player
Andrew Yabroff  Player 
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team

Director  Lisa Wilson 
Stage Manager  Chris Colbourn  
Assistant Stage Manager  Olivia Tymon  
Production Assistant  Carolina Stevens 
Costume Designer  Kilah Williams 
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer/Sound Designer  Orion Schwalm 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 
Dramaturg  Jim Riley 
Map of Hell  Melissa Koch  


From Lisa Wilson, Director:

Our daily lives are shaped by the bombarding images, proscribed gender norms, cultural customs, regimes of truth, beliefs and stories - all of which reside in our brains, our hearts, our souls. These influence our actions in the world - what we believe about our purpose and worth.

Some say that Hell is what we experience while we are struggling on earth, some believe it is a finite set of prescribed punishments in another realm. We all think about what happens on the other side of death. This is one reason Dante’s Divine Comedy has survived.

This Inferno is contemporary, meant to speak to us now; Dante is us. We meet him in a moment of despair - between life and death. We accompany him on a journey through his personal Hell. As we descend the circles of Hell, we encounter familiar and famous individuals from history and modern culture. When Dante is challenged to face his actions and to make a choice that can lift him to the hero’s journey, we too are challenged to think on our choices.

I have always loved actors, and storytelling, that most childlike joy and freedom of pretend, “This is a river because we say it is a river, or a mountain, or the gates of Dis.” In taking our trip into Hell, the scariest place one can think of, we rely on ancient tools of theatre and visible theatre magic. With aid of minimal props, signifying costume pieces, and the talents of our Inferno’s cast, we present over 100 roles. Playing across gender, time, space and species, these actors, production design and directing choices meld to render a modern Dante and his discovery of the hero’s journey.

Inferno is irreverent and totally reverent. It owes homage to the original poem, to translations. But this production, this playwright, present a specific query: what is Hell, what is a hero, what is free will and what is destiny? Enjoy our story, we want to take you on a journey, and ask that you engage your imagination to piece out the world Dante is seeing, smelling, dunked in. We hope you will laugh, be moved, ponder, and continue the conversation over coffee or wine after. Hell YES, #INFERNO

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here..."

This production contains language and images dealing with mature themes including suicidal ideation and depression. Audience discretion is advised. This play is not suitable for young children.

Inferno

By Bryan Burch
From The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
A World Premiere Commissioned by ISF 

Cast

Anasazi Bhakti  Player 
Gavin Douglas  Dante 
Candice Handy Player 
James Hinkley  Player/Musician 
J. Tyler Jones  Player 
Dominique Knight  She-Wolf 
Isis Phoenix  Virgil 
Stefani Potter  Beatrice 
Abbey Rhyne  Player 
Andrés Rodriguez  Player/Musician 
Samuel L. Wick  Player
Andrew Yabroff  Player 
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team

Director  Lisa Wilson 
Stage Manager  Chris Colbourn  
Assistant Stage Manager  Olivia Tymon  
Production Assistant  Carolina Stevens 
Costume Designer  Kilah Williams 
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer/Sound Designer  Orion Schwalm 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 
Dramaturg  Jim Riley 
Map of Hell  Melissa Koch  


From Lisa Wilson, Director:

Our daily lives are shaped by the bombarding images, proscribed gender norms, cultural customs, regimes of truth, beliefs and stories - all of which reside in our brains, our hearts, our souls. These influence our actions in the world - what we believe about our purpose and worth.

Some say that Hell is what we experience while we are struggling on earth, some believe it is a finite set of prescribed punishments in another realm. We all think about what happens on the other side of death. This is one reason Dante’s Divine Comedy has survived.

This Inferno is contemporary, meant to speak to us now; Dante is us. We meet him in a moment of despair - between life and death. We accompany him on a journey through his personal Hell. As we descend the circles of Hell, we encounter familiar and famous individuals from history and modern culture. When Dante is challenged to face his actions and to make a choice that can lift him to the hero’s journey, we too are challenged to think on our choices.

I have always loved actors, and storytelling, that most childlike joy and freedom of pretend, “This is a river because we say it is a river, or a mountain, or the gates of Dis.” In taking our trip into Hell, the scariest place one can think of, we rely on ancient tools of theatre and visible theatre magic. With aid of minimal props, signifying costume pieces, and the talents of our Inferno’s cast, we present over 100 roles. Playing across gender, time, space and species, these actors, production design and directing choices meld to render a modern Dante and his discovery of the hero’s journey.

Inferno is irreverent and totally reverent. It owes homage to the original poem, to translations. But this production, this playwright, present a specific query: what is Hell, what is a hero, what is free will and what is destiny? Enjoy our story, we want to take you on a journey, and ask that you engage your imagination to piece out the world Dante is seeing, smelling, dunked in. We hope you will laugh, be moved, ponder, and continue the conversation over coffee or wine after. Hell YES, #INFERNO

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here..."

This production contains language and images dealing with mature themes including suicidal ideation and depression. Audience discretion is advised. This play is not suitable for young children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Sundays in August).
Island Shakespeare Festival is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 (MAP)
Mailing address:
PO Box 1262
Langley, WA, 98260
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