OSU Mansfield’s Spring Play Is A Fresh Take On An Old Poem

13 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio State University at Mansfield’s spring play, “Back to the Divine Comedy”, will offer the audience a rocking new look at the story originally told in Dante’s poem “The Divine Comedy”.

In this new telling, a modern Dante starts a journey to the afterlife with the hope of bringing back to life his dead young wife. Following the path of his ancestor, he walks through hell, purgatory, and heaven. Along the way bizarre characters show him how eternal life has changed during the last 700 years. It is a timeless story of love, loss, facing your fears, and finding your way.

This work in development comes straight from Italy to an American premier in our theatre to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s original masterwork. Described by its creators (author Paolo Caselli and composer Claudio Caselli) as “a bit of musical, a bit of rock opera,” it blends styles as diverse as those found in Rocky Horror, Alice in Wonderland, Grease, and West Side Story, all with a nod to the original poem.

The show runs from Friday, February 28 to Monday, March 2. For ticket information, please visit the OSU website.

Monday Night Special: OSU Mansfield and North Central State students can purchase a special $5 ticket that includes a pre-show Fun Food Night (pizza, tacos, and more at 6:30 PM in the Scarlet and Gray Cafe) as well as admission to the 7:30 PM performance that follows in the auditorium. This is only for Monday nights and tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 419-755-4045 for tickets and more information.

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