A free theatrical park escapade, WONDERLAND is inspired by and adapted from Charles Dodgson’s (Lewis Carroll) Alice stories, as well as Dodgson’s wordplay, math games and puzzles. An all-ages adventures, theater and visual arts weave whimsically together within a parkland, playing with the creative perspectives of imaginations. THE GOAL: To look at ideas of PERSPECTIVE, CREATIVITY and PLAY – and have some serious fun. Who can play? EVERYONE.And here’s a nice slideshow of images from the 2010 debut of the project in Seattle’s Botanical Gardens:
- FOLLOW White Rabbits!
- SEE the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle on the Locks! Dance the Lobster Quadrille!
- HEAR the Tweedle twins recite the Walrus and The Carpenter
- PLAY GIANT tic tac toe with the White Queen or croquet with the King and Queen of Hearts!
- EXPLORE a tiny house and a giant flower garden!
- FIND all the riddles and puns stashed around the park!
- DRAW what you see, and see what you draw!
- And of course, listen to the timeless words of the story, and puzzle your way through the event on your own.
This Lewis Carroll-inspired theater installation seems interesting for its interactive aspects and impressive scope. It’s happening in different parks around Seattle during weekends in July and August: today at 4pm in Lake Meridian Park, Kent, WA; July 30th & 31st at 4pm, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue, WA; and August 6th at 11:30 & 2:30, Les Gove Park, Auburn, WA. WONDERLAND: Alice Adventures is part of 4Culture’s Site Specific Performance Network. Here’s the blurb from Theater Simple: