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I FOUND MYSELF From the Dark Wood to Paradise Workshop

I FOUND MYSELF from the Dark Wood to Paradise

a workshop directed by Marco Martinelli

inspired by the timeless work of Dante Alighieri


Dante’s Divine Comedy begins with an “I” who is lost in a “dark wood” which is not simply a forest at night, but a wilderness of all fear, all anguish, all failure. It takes courage to admit you’ve lost your way, but that courage will guide us into the light.

Marco Martinelli, seven-time winner of the Ubu Prize (one of the most important awards for Italian theatre) as a playwright, director, and teacher, will work with participants on the first two cantos of the Inferno, which describe Dante lost in the woods, his anguish, and his courage to wield a poetry of hope to overcome that fear; a poetry that becomes a saving gift for us all. The current century and the one before have specialized in Infernos with no way out, but no matter how evil grabs us by the throat, we find the means to rise again. We know the stars point us to our destiny.

It is precisely there in the dark, when the curtain seems to have come down forever that we find the strength for an incredible leap into the Good. The poet whispers in our ear: “the good that I found there”: from pitch darkness we set out on our journey to the light. Paradise is already here; in the first step we take away from despair.


Jan. 25th, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. – La MaMa Great Jones Studios

Jan. 27th, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m – La MaMa Great Jones Studios

Jan. 29th, 2023 from noon to 3,00 p.m.– La MaMa ETC Downstairs Theater

Performance open to the public

Jan. 29th, 2023 at 4,00 p.m. – La MaMa ETC Downstairs Theater

A “public summons” for people of 13+

To register, please fill the FORM before January 18 

The workshop is free: no theatre experience is required; there will be no auditions

Registration is first-come-first-served

The workshop requires participation over three days, with no absences.

Information at:


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  • Organized by: La MaMa
  • In collaboration with: Teatro delle Albe