Rounding out the season will be the World Premiere of Eat Me: Alice’s Adventures in the Working Class, written and directed by Isaac Ellis. Alice is a disillusioned Office Manager stuck in the doldrums of corporate life. When a high profile exec suddenly starts acting like a rabbit and escapes from a board meeting, Alice’s work world begins to crumble into chaos. A building of employees who enjoy pushing the limits of policies and egotism collides with the whimsical personas of Wonderland to send Alice on an adventure that explores her place among them all. Based on the books by Lewis Carroll, the beloved characters come to life in this grown-up reimagining of the children’s classics. Performances will be Fridays – Sundays, November 6th – 22nd with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd. in Ann Arbor).
Well, not really, but that’s what this looks like. “Lookingglass Alice” was recently mounted in Denver and Chicago, and seems to have been around for about 3 years…anyone have any idea where it will be next?
When visiting Oxford in this 150th year, as I’m sure everyone will <wink>, you might want to partake of the official Visit Oxfordshire city tour called “When Alice Met Harry”, which is a tour of all the significant Alice spots, and includes a dash of Harry Potter. What could be better?
“Vaping” is the way young hipsters prefer to get their nicotine fixes these days, through electronic “e-cigarettes.” We do not approve of tobacco consumption in any form, but thought the Teeming Masses might like to see yet another exploitation of the Carrollian multiverse, this one involving fruit-flavored, nicotine-enhanced inhalable juices at Alice in Vapeland. Their closest historical relative is shisha, aka mu’assel or nargila, a flavored tobacco that is smoked in hookahs, mainly by caterpillars and folks throughout the Near East.
For the record, Edward Wakeling informs us, Dodgson was a nonsmoker, although when he was Curator of the Common Room at Christ Church, he set up a Smoking Room for his colleagues (now called the Bayne Room). He would receive free samples from the tobacco companies, and one notice that he pinned up in Common Room after receiving some tobacco stated that he had, with logic that can only be called Carrollian, “never tasted better.”
There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.
Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.
But if you can’t be there, you can still get in on the swag from the Schulz’s online gift shop! Sip some Wonderland Blueberry Lemon Tea ($8) from your Disappearing Cheshire Beagle Mug ($18) while wearing the Peanuts in Wonderland T-shirt ($19) and staring at your lovely Bookmark ($3).
What your stairway, car, or room needs most: a collection of 14 vinyl stickers purporting to be quotes from Wonderland. Well, many of them are, but scattered throughout are quotes from the 1951 Disney movie, paraphrases, things attributed to Carroll that he never said, and what seem to be random utterances (“I become what I believe”?). Anyway, you can buy the set from Amazon here.