TWO ADAPTATIONS OF DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY (ONE FOR ADULTS, ONE FOR KIDS)

Genre: Classical, Comedy, Drama
Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Theater for the New City

For the grownups, it'll be "The Divine Reality Comedy," a brand new translation of Dante's Divina Commedia, which is divided into four parts. In "Paradise," the old human Born-to-Die gene is replaced by the brand new Born-to-Buy gene. In "Post-Paradise Horsemanship," a herd of white equestrian cutouts (of all sizes) is manipulated by a crowd of dancers in a picturesque, prancing dance. In "Purgatory," the shadows of the indefinitely detained speak to you. In "Hell," the Guantanamo interrogation process is staged with an eight inch papier maché population, whcih recites actual interrogation transcripts and then witnesses three cases of torture as demonstrated on three over life size puppets.

For kids of all ages, there will be matinee shows Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Entitled "The Divine Reality Comedy Circus," it features the Grand Forgiveness Society of Glover, VT, the triumph of the small farmer, advice on where to get really cheap drinking water, a celebratory ballet by a flock of roosters, the Rotten Idea Theater Company's distillation of political issues and much more, all accompanied by the Bread & Puppet Circus Band. Some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them.

Open:   11/29/07
Close:   12/16/07

Schedule:
"The Divine Reality Comedy" (for adults): First week: Thursday through Sunday at 8:00 pm. Subsequent weeks: Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:00 pm. Runs 1:20.

"The Divine Reality Comedy Circus" (for kids of all ages): Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Runs :55.

Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

Cost:$12.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: www.theaterforthenew at (212) 254-1109