PRINT Summer 1991


Dramatizing Dante

Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray

from the straight road and woke to find


alone in a dark wood. How shall I say

what wood that was! I never saw so drear,

so rank, so arduous a wilderness!

Its very memory gives a shape to fear.

Death could scarce be more bitter than that


But since it came to good, I will recount

all that I found revealed there by God’s


—Dante Alighieri, Inferno, trans. John Ciardi

THREE YEARS AGO the director and actor Federico Tiezzi, along with his group Magazzini Produzioni (originally named Magazzini Criminali, and formed by Tiezzi, Marion D’Amburgo, and Sandro Lombardi), began the staging of Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, the poem that is the foundation of Italian language and literature. Commissioned by the Teatro Metastasio in Prato, the seven-hour trilogy was presented in March at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.1 Tiezzi’s Commedia

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