An imaginary biography inspired by the character of Alice from Carroll’s famous book, the real Alice Liddell who was his inspiration and another Alice- a woman.
A suppressed love story that can only manifest in wonderland and is sentenced to crash on the rocks of reality. Shreds of childhood innocence and the death of childhood reflected through the looking glass of Alice, a child, a girl, a woman.
What is the moral? “if there is a moral- it’s not Lewis Carroll!”
That was written by an English author, Charles Dodgson he went by the pen name Lewis Carroll, to any of the dozens of young girls he used to correspond with.
“The whole thing is a dream,” Carroll told the dramatist Tom Taylor, “but that I don’t want revealed till the end.”
Beginning with a rabbit that disappears and reappears, like a magic trick that has infiltrated real life, Carroll’s story develops by generating a real dream’s characteristic mixture of vagueness and vividness. Nothing remains the same for long. Even words start to blur into each other. “Did you say ‘pig’ or ‘fig’?” asks the Cheshire Cat, who appears only after the Caterpillar has disappeared. (In real life a caterpillar becomes a butterfly; in dreams a caterpillar becomes a cat.)
Usually it is an empty cliche to say that someone writes like a dream, but this is exactly what Carroll tried to do. His story pulled apart the world around him and reassembled it in a crazily jumbled form.
First Perfomance: 12/3/2015
Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission
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