Into the Looking Glass exhibit at the Noyes Museum

Art from the Noyes Museum's exhibit Alice: Into the Looking Glass

If you’re on the Jersey Shore this Winter, stop in the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, New Jersey. An exhibition called “Alice: Into the Looking Glass” is running from February 3rd thru May 20th. The show is described thusly:

A diverse selection of works range from illustrations based closely on Carroll’s text, to works which allude more subtly to the original story, offering new and sometimes challenging interpretations. Imagery relates to the multitude of themes found in Carroll’s stories. Conflict, identity, fear, language and perception are expressed in 2 and 3 dimensional works.

There’s also a panel discussion coming up there called “Lewis Carroll and the Alice in Wonderland Stories,” Tuesday, March 20 at 2:30pm.
Our photos were taken by an LCSNA member – if anyone has attributions for the artists, please put them in the comments & we will append!

Interactive art from the Noyes Museum's exhibit Alice: Into the Looking Glass

Tea Party Symposium at St. Peter's College, NJ

Cupcakes from the St. Peter's College Tea Party

LCSNA President Andrew Sellon gave an informal talk to an appreciative audience at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ on Wednesday, April 7th, about how he fell down the rabbit hole and ended up a Lewis Carroll fan for life. English Club President Jonathan Brantley (pictured to the left wearing March Hare ears) had contacted Andrew via Facebook to invite him to attend their informal “tea party symposium” as keynote speaker. Some attendees even dressed up for the occasion. After his talk, Andrew led a lively discussion about the recent Tim Burton film and other adaptations. Jonathan also presented an excellent paper giving an overview of the creation of the two Alice books and their continuing impact on our culture today. There was an ample buffet of Carrollian treats, and no one at the table was forced to “move down! move down!” All in all, a brillig event. (More photos can be seen on Facebook here.)

Andrew Sellon (center) at the Tea Party Symposium

Exposure Time, a play about Dodgson the Photographer, at New Jersey Rep

Tonight is the world premier of Exposure Time by Kim Merrill at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, New Jersey. Is this the first time a work of drama has centered on Charles Dodgson the photographer? Merrill’s play won the 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Here is some of the blurb from the press release, “Alice Through the Camera Lens”:

While Johnny Depp portrays the Mad Hatter on movie screens around the world this winter, Lewis Carroll, the conflicted creator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, will be on stage at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, fighting passionately to be known not as a
children’s author but as Charles Dodgson, the greatest portrait photographer in the British Empire. Standing in his way is the larger-than-life and now tragically forgotten Julia Margaret Cameron, who was the Annie Leibovitz of her day and a constant thorn in Dodgson’s side. The real Alice will be there as well, trying to sort out her complex relationship with Dodgson, along with Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Idol of a society that worshiped its poets like rock stars. The world premiere of Exposure Time runs from February 11 through March 21, with an Opening Night performance and High Tea on Saturday, February 13.

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A magical journey into the literary heart of Victorian England, Exposure Time is a perfect play for young teens and above.  Schools are invited to contact NJ Rep to discuss booking special discounted matinee performances that include lesson plans and post-show discussions with the actors.

Discounted previews are Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m., with selected Sundays performances at 7 p.m. as well as Thursday and Friday matinees by prior arrangement for students and other groups. Tickets are $40; $35 for previews; $60, opening night; $36 for seniors and students (except opening night); with discounts for groups of ten or more.

There is a review and interview with Ms. Merrill in the Red Bank Orbit here. Tickets can be purchased online here.