We’re all mad here….
The pairing of our Alice with mental institutions is nothing new. The latest entry in this dark and rather crowded category is a new play premiering in Orlando, Florida called Alice Lost in Wonderland. It presents a character named Jane (as in Doe) whose search for sanity and her own identity is wrapped up in her search for Lewis Carroll’s character of Alice, whom she believes is real.
The play will be performed through November 3rd. To read a review from the Orlando Sentinel, click me.
For anyone visiting Japan this December, Tokyo International Players are presenting five performances of the family-friendly Alice, an “original interpretation” of the classic book. This one puts Alice in Tokyo, struggling with her Japanese lessons when magical things begin to occur. The show runs December 6-9 only.
To read more about the production, click me.
We have just received this note from playwright and LCSNA member Daniel Singer:
“I’m pleased to announce that “A Perfect Likeness” will run Nov 7 – Dec 22 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, with the same fine cast from the Actors Co-op production last summer. Details, when available, can be had from http://aperfectlikeness.com.”
The play has already had a couple of brief but very successful runs. If you are in the Pasadena, CA area, be sure to watch the play’s web site for performance times and tickets.
For those of you who can’t get enough of stage adaptations of our beloved The Hunting of the Snark, one of our mimsy minions has alerted me to another upcoming production in London, playing this December. I will note that the description of the piece includes this frumious statement:
An imaginative musical adventure that will inspire, excite and entertain, with the story of a lonely Boy and his father at its heart.
Ahem. Clearly some artistic liberties have been taken once again. But I do hope some of you BritMinions check it out. And if you do, please report back for the benefit of your fellow blog readers!
To learn more, click the image or click me.
Feedly recently offered me links to information about a new musical version of Through the Looking-Glass with music by Piers Chater Robinson, and book & lyrics by Chris Blackwood, available for licensing to theatres. Even if you’re not a producer, you might enjoy checking out the twelve songs in the score, and seeing how the writers have apportioned the roles. To read and listen, click me.
TIP: If you don’t already know about Feedly, it’s a great (and free!) way to collect all the feeds you subscribe to from various web sites. It’s a distinct improvement over the now-defunct Google Reader. I use it to collect data feeds from various Carroll-related sites all in one handy place, and the interface is great whether you’re on a pc or a tablet.
Attention, New York area theatre and Carroll lovers! The widely praised immersive theatrical dance experience Then She Fell, presented by Third Rail Projects, has now extended its run in Brooklyn through October 27th. Characters for this surreal adventure set in a hospital ward include Alice and also Lewis Carroll, and their relationship is the focus of the piece. If you want to attend, be sure to buy your tickets in advance: only 15 audience members are allowed at each performance! If you loved Sleep No More (a brilliant “don’t miss” mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the classic book/film Rebecca), then here’s an equally-well-reviewed piece with a Carrollian theme. Then She Fell plays Tuesdays-Sundays at 7:30pm and 10:30pm, and runs two hours. If you have already seen the production, please leave us a comment to let us all know what you thought!
To read more about the Then She Fell, click me.
And here is a video about the creation of the piece, from Brooklyn Independent Television:
What if a series of puzzling crimes was being committed in Victorian London, and the only man to solve the mystery was Sherlock Holmes? What, then, if he had to travel through the looking-glass, where logic doesn’t exist, to do it? That’s the intriguing premise of the new play Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass by the ambitious California theatre troupe known as the Porters of Hellsgate. The show opens on August 16, 2013 for a six week run. And admit it: the poster art is pretty cool. To read more, click me.
One of our Mimsy Minions alerted us to this item: composer Will Todd (who wrote the Queen’s Jubilee anthem, among other things) has composed a family-oriented opera inspired by Alice’s adventures. He notes that it’s not a literal adaptation, more like a single adventure with Alice and some of the familiar characters.
The opera premiered this July in Holland Park, so we will have to see if more productions follow! To read more about the piece, click me.
And here’s a review of the production in London’s Holland Park.
The Metropolitan Museum in NYC is hosting the U.S. Premiere of a 1 hour 45-minute version of Alice in Wonderland performed by the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre as a holiday treat this December.
Performances are Saturday, December 14 at 2pm and Sunday, December 15th at 3pm. Tickets are $60 for Adults, and $30 for children. For more information, click the image or click here.
To see a slideshow of the marionette designs, click here.
If you are a regular reader of our blog, you already know that LCSNA member Daniel Singer has written a playful two-character comedy depicting a fictional encounter between Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens, and that the play’s premiere in NC was part of our Spring meeting this year.
I’m happy to announce that the play is now receiving its West Coast premiere, at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood, CA. Daniel is involved with the production behind the scenes, and it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The production runs only July 19-28. If you’re in the area, I’d suggest you buy your tickets now, before they are all sold out!
To learn more, click the image or click here.