Released: November 1, 2010
Lincoln, Neb. ? Theatrix, the student-run theatre organization at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, is excited to continue its fall 2010 season with The Inferno. Adapted and directed by senior Jordan Deffenbaugh, The Inferno is inspired by the first part of Dante Alighieri's fourteenth-century epic poem, The Divine Comedy. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell, guided by the poet Virgil.
This story takes us deep into the bowels of Hell, exploring all nine of its circles: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, Wrath, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery. Although the story is a well-known one, Mr. Deffenbaugh's treatment of the subject matter is something completely new and exciting. With a heavy emphasis on the human body and intense movement technique, the director changes the way we examine Dante's journey. The implementation of dance and stage combat into the narrative makes for a truly visceral experience.
With the use of pipes, paint and a little bit of lumber, Scenic Designer Corrie Benton leads the team responsible for creating the aesthetic world in which Dante and Virgil exist. In collaboration with the rest of the production team - Hunter Larrison (Lighting Designer), Shane Bystrom (Sound Designer), Nick Dahlquist (Composer), Sean Grosshans (Props Master), Charity Green (Make-up and Costumes), Erin Mills (Mask Designer) and Meghan Henderson (Artist) - Ms. Benton takes us through a haunting representation of Hell.
Starring Lucy Myrtue, Ryan Rabstejnek and Emily Martinez, The Inferno features a cast of movers and dancers who take the stage and become the mythical creatures found on Dante's journey through Hell. The Inferno opens on November 11th with show time at 7:30 PM. Additional performances on November 12th at 7:30, and November 14th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $6 can be purchased online at unl.edu/theatrix or at the door.
Theatrix is the student-run theatre company at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, whose purpose is to provide opportunities to create theatre in an environment where students can apply knowledge and techniques in a practical setting.
2010-2011 Theatrix Management:
Cristina A. Skinner - Artistic Director (M.F.A. Candidate, Directing for Stage and Screen)
Patrick Zatloukal - Managing Director (Undergraduate, Directing and Management Emphasis)
Christopher Stephanek - Technical Director (Undergraduate, Design/Technology Emphasis)