The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer
Starring John Malkovich
Thurs. Feb. 8, 2024 at 8pm
Written and directed by Michael Sturminger
Music direction and concept by Martin Haselböck
Sopranos: Susanne Langbein and Chen Reiss
A theatrical, operatic, mesmerizing tour de force for acclaimed actor John Malkovich. This evening provides an unforgettable look into the heart of human darkness, balanced with immersive audience experiences before and after the performance based on the spiritual rehabilitation and heroic fulfillment described in Dante’s Divine Comedy.*
With dark humor and delicious wickedness, Malkovich tells the real-life story of celebrated Austrian author and notorious serial killer, Jack Unterweger.
Unterweger was convicted and imprisoned for murder. While serving his sentence, he became a poet and writer who was subsequently hailed by Austria’s intellectual elite as a triumph of rehabilitation. He was paroled in 1990…only to claim the lives of many more.
Malkovich portrays this man – as outwardly charming as he was brilliantly manipulative – through a series of monologues while two sopranos, representing the women in Unterweger’s life, voice rage, despair, and thirst for revenge through moving arias by Gluck, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Boccherini, and Haydn accompanied by a 30-piece baroque orchestra.
Language: Mr. Malkovich’s monologues are performed in English. The musical selections will be performed in their original languages with English supertitles.
Please Note: This event contains adult language and content. DO NOT BRING CHILDREN OR AUDIENCE MEMBERS WITH DELICATE SENSIBILITIES.
* All ticket holders for this event are automatically invited to an immersive experience before and after The Infernal Comedy performance. The theater will transform into a visual feast for the eyes, drawing on themes from The Infernal Comedy and Dante’s Divine Comedy and will include light refreshments and commemorative giveaways. Additional details to be announced.
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