West Coast Premiere of New Lewis Carroll Play

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.

A Special Alice in Wonderland at North Carolina Stage Company This Weekend

I’ve just learned about this production, which runs only this weekend.  If anyone is able to attend, please send a paragraph to tell us about it!

Here’s the press release:

“Asheville, NC – North Carolina Stage Company presents a special event production of a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll and adapted by Jessica Lewis.  The production is performed by students from the Professional Youth Actor Training program and are directed by teacher Michael MacCauley, a well-known professional local actor who performs regularly at NC Stage. Performances of Alice in Wonderland are June 27-30, 2013 at NC Stage’s theatre in downtown Asheville.

The students presenting Alice in Wonderland are completing a two-year training with Mr. MacCauley, and this fully-realized production is the culminating event in their training. The Professional Youth Actor Training program is designed to train young artists who are interested in a serious and deep study of the craft of acting. Students audition for the program and are provided a level of training that is modeled after undergraduate and graduate theatre programs of the highest caliber. In NC Stage’s classes students study various acting techniques, voice and speech, movement, stage combat, Alexander Technique, auditioning, improvisation, contemporary plays, and Shakespeare.

Alice in Wonderland stars Hannah Barilovits, Hannah Bruce, Kiana Crosby, Emily Haaksma, Daisy Homolka, Tess Miller, Sophie Mills, and Kelsey Sutton.

Alice in Wonderland is far more than an exhibition for family and friends: the production is the conclusion of a lengthy rehearsal process and utilizes some of the best designers in Asheville, who are generously donating their time and talent to the project. Designers include Deborah Austin – costumes, Jessica Kammerud – props, Jared Stover – sound, and Catori Swann – lights and set.

Alice in Wonderland runs June 27-30 with Thursday-Saturday performances at 7:30 and a 2:00 Sunday matinee.  All performances are at North Carolina Stage Company’s theatre at 15 Stage Lane.  Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting NC Stage’s education programming, and are available at www.ncstage.org or (828) 239-0263.”

Iris Theatre Presents a Month of Wonderland and a Night of Snark

News from London-town!  The Iris Theatre will be presenting two Carrollian productions in coming months, performed at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.  Click the links below for more information about these performances:

Alice in Wonderland 
July 30-August 31st

And for one night only:
The Hunting of the Snark
September 1st

If you attend either of these, please do send us a paragraph telling us about the production.  Thanks!

 

A Nice Review for the Strawdog Snark in Chicago

The recent Strawdog Theatre Company production of The Hunting of the Snark  has softly and suddenly vanished away, but Josh Sobel, the production’s director and the company’s literary manager, just sent me this link to their rave review.  Who knows, maybe this Snark will surface again, in Chicago, NY, or at a theatre near you!

A Lovely Review for “A Perfect Likeness” by Daniel Singer

If you attended our Spring 2013 meeting in Winston-Salem, NC, then you already know LCSNA member Daniel Singer’s new play about a fictional meeting between Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens was warmly received.  In case you missed it, you can read a glowing review here.  Congratulations, Dan!  We look forward to more productions of this play.

Long Island Ballet Theatre Presents Alice in Wonderland

Thanks to Lambert Liu for responding to my plea for blog items from all you Mimsy Minions!  He found a flyer for a ballet performance at his local Huntington, Long Island, NY bookstore:

“Long Island Ballet Theatre presents an original ballet adventure choreographed by former NYC Ballet dancer & world acclaimed by choreographer Christopher Fleming.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she meets the weird & wonderful characters of “Wonderland” – tea with the Mad Hatter, treacherous croquet with the Queen of Hearts and a White Rabbit that leads her all the way!”

The ballet will be performed on June 1st.  For more information, click here.

Keep those Carrollian items coming, Minions!  Our need, like your curiosity, is inexhaustible.

Peter and Alice (and Dame Judi and Ben)

Playwright (Red) and screenwriter (Skyfall, Hugo, Sweeney Todd, etc.) John Logan has written a new play inspired by the fact that in 1932, Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies, the inspiration for Peter Pan, at the Bumpus bookshop in London as part of a centenary tribute to Carroll. Logan wondered what the two immortal inspirations might have said to each other. Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw play the leads; it is directed by Michael Grandage and currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. More information can be found on LCSNA member Cathy Rubin’s blog by clicking here.


“In Wonderland” Kickstarter Project

At our recent Winston-Salem meeting, we heard briefly from Ms. Amber Adams, a choreographer and dancer hoping to raise funds to finance a physical theatre program based on “Alice in Wonderland” in Wilmington, NC. As always, we make no comment or endorsement of anything we post per se; we just like to keep you informed!

You can read about it by clicking here.

A New Theatrical Snark Sighting in Chicago

Apologies that we haven’t made a new post in a while. We have been off hunting Snarks–unsuccessfully, which may be just as well. Today, as Fate would have it, we received this very civilized note:

Dear Lewis Carroll Society 

My name is Josh Sobel and I am Literary Manager for Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre Company. I hope this email finds you well!  I noticed that you had posted information about the last time a Chicago theatre company had adapted Carroll for the stage, with the opera BOOJUM! 
 
As it turns out, the Snark has found its way to Chicago once again – I am directing an environmental, ensemble-based adaptation of the poem THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK with Strawdog, taking place in our Hugen Hall space (essentially our pub) and utilizing the actual text of the poem itself in inventive and unexpected ways. 
 
We have gathered 12 brilliant Chicago actors and have been working to bring the story to life in a minimalist, highly imaginative style, an almost pub-theatre approach engaging directly with the audience to open up their imaginations to the magic of this journey. 
 
Thank you very much for your time!  All the best, Josh Sobel

Their enclosed press release includes the following details:

Performances: May 6 – May 28 at Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 North Broadway Street. The performance schedule is Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; May 20 and 21 performances are at 9 p.m. Opening/Press Night is Monday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111.

Based on the classic Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting Of The Snark,  is a family friendly show inviting its guests to come aboard for a tall tale of mischief and mayhem, of high sea hijinks and impossible voyages, of an improbable crew and an extraordinary task, of an inconceivable creature in a peculiar land, and of the unquenchable thirst for adventure.  A design and ensemble-based piece mixing theatrical influences from Chicago and around theworld; Strawdog stretches, flexes, trips over a ladder and treats the audience to a hilarious and touching take on one of the world’s best loved poems.

If you attend this production, please email us a 1-2 paragraph write-up that we can share on this blog!

And here’s a video teaser they’ve just released:

Dance with Alice in Berlin

Ruth Sergel

Ruth Sergel

Imagine the scene in the gallery: on a giant screen, you watch Alice leap off a book and lead you into Wonderland. Slowly you realize that the animation you are watching is somehow watching you—and copying your every move. As the artist, Ruth Sergel, describes it: “In front of the looking glass,  fantasy and reality merge as Alice fluidly mirrors the viewer’s every move.” The interactive work is currently being exhibited at Multimedier Schlachthof in Berlin, Germany.

Ruth Sergel is an American artist, activist, and “interactive technology designer” whose film and performance work has appeared at MOMA in New York, and in galleries around Europe. More information about “Alice in Berlin” can be found on Sergel’s website, Street Pictures, where there is also a video showing visitors interacting with Alice.