Annual San Francisco DIVAFest Has Queen of Hearts Theme

Carroll's Queen of Hearts

Carroll’s Queen of Hearts

DIVAFest, a San Francisco-based organization that promotes opportunities for women in creative fields, is holding their 13th annual fundraising gala on Wednesday, 2/19 , with a “Queen of Hearts” theme, tying into both Valentine’s Day and the Alice books.  The festivities are scheduled to include a sneak peek of a show provocatively titled “At The White Rabbit Burlesque,” along with excerpts from other projects.  The web site promises that the burlesque includes appearances by a number of Carrollian characters.

For more information, click me.

Alice and Caterpillar Scene With Marionettes and Shadow Puppets

Marionette Alice and CaterpillarIf you’re a fan of the various forms of puppetry, here’s a version of the Caterpillar scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as performed by a trio of puppeteers who also work at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park.  For this clip, they use both marionettes and shadow puppets.  If the video doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Gorgeous Images from a Stunning Looking Glass Production in Moscow

Petr Fomenko Looking GlassMy thanks to artist and LCSNA member (and mimsy minion) Tania Ianovskaia for this description of a stunning recent production of Alice Through the Looking Glass in Moscow.  We appreciate this information, Tania!  Now, if only there could be a film of that production, or a tour of it in other countries.  The imagery is simply wonderful.

“The premiere of the performance “Alisa v Zazerkalie” (Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll ) held in  the Studio – Theater of Petr Fomenko took place in 2010. It became one of the best and most beloved performances of the theater. The Director of the show was of Macedonian heritage. Ivan Popovsky created an unforgettable dynamic, resulting in a merry and at the same time magic performance which lasted more than three hours. But nobody noticed how time flew as they watched – children and adults alike were delighted. The remarkable costumes were created by Serbian designer Angelina Atlagich and fairy tale set design was created by the group of talented visual artists called Artists  Union, with the  director  among them .  The lighting of the set , modern  use of projections and  dynamic music  created the unforgettable atmosphere of the performance based on Carroll’s Looking Glass.
Some info about Petr Fomenko – Ever since the founding of his theatre in 1988, Petr Fomenko  has been known for his experimental productions, which used to take place in a run-down old cinema house.
In 2008, Fomenko moved his troupe into fancy new digs overlooking the Moscow River – a marble and glass beauty built by architect Sergei Gnedovsky. Petr Fomenko passed away 9 August 2012 at the age of 80 .”
The selection of photos provided will give you an impression of what was going on stage:

NY Theatre Ballet to Reprise Alice in Wonderland Follies for Two Performances

Alice FolliesAccording to Broadway World online, NY Theatre Ballet will offer two encore performances of their extremely popular family ballet, The Alice in Wonderland Follies.  The piece retells Carroll’s classic tale within the framework of a 1915 Vaudeville performance.  This clever ballet has proven to be a consistent hit with critics and audiences alike.  If you haven’t already seen it, NY Theatre Ballet is giving you another two chances in 2014: January 25th and January 26th in Manhattan.

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Alice Pantomime Plays to Sellout Crowds in New Jersey

Wotcha PantomimeLCSNA member C.M. Rubin interviewed producer/writer Gareth Jones about Wotcha! Gotcha! A Very British Pantomime that played last week to sellout crowds in Maplewood, NJ.  Billed as “A Ridiculous Romp Through Victorian London,” the family-oriented show combined a host of favorite Victorian-era characters both real and fictional, served up in the tradition of classic (and highly interactive) British pantomime performances.  Given the show’s popularity, perhaps they will bring it back again for next year’s holiday season!

To read the interview in the Huffington Post, click me.

Another Rave Review for “A Perfect Likeness” Play About Carroll and Dickens

A Perfect Likeness PosterIf you’ve been following this blog, then you are already aware that talented LCSNA member Daniel Singer has written a crowd-pleasing play about a fictional meeting between two literary lions, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens.

The play A Perfect Likeness has just opened in L.A. for a run through December 22nd.

To read the rave review on Broadway World, click me.

Volcano Theatre Company Tours UK With Their Version of Wonderland

The Volcano Theatre Company is presenting an all-female, avant-garde production of Alice in Wonderland at various locations in Britain through November 23rd.  For more information about the show, click me.

And here’s a look at their rehearsal process, including a few words from the production’s director, who opines that (ahem) the original book isn’t really read that much anymore…!  (TIP: If the video doesn’t load below, try refreshing this page.)

New Play Alice Lost in Wonderland Premieres in Orlando

tenniel cheshire catWe’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.

New Performance Offers Alice in Tokyo

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.

Another Run for Daniel Singer’s Play “A Perfect Likeness” About Carroll and Dickens

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.