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Lewis Center presents ALICE: A New Play that explores life between childhood and adulthood in the 21st century

(Princeton, NJ)  The Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater will present ALICE: A New Play by Veronica Siverd, a leading figure in the Princeton theatrical community over the past four years. Performances of ALICE are Friday and Saturday March 5-6 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9-11, 2010 at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND and directed by Program faculty member Tim Vasen, ALICE: A New Play is a puppet show gone wrong that catapults a 21 year-old Alice into a modern-day Wonderland where queens rule, babies drool and a little dancing never hurt anyone, generally speaking.  Drinking and shrinking, suffering near-death blows and plenty of impolite conversation, Alice navigates her way along a dubious course set by the Red Queen—but is Alice chasing the White Rabbit or is the White Rabbit chasing her?  This time around in Wonderland, Alice learns that doing things by the book can only take you so far.

Siverd, an English Major pursuing a Certificate in Theater, said “Lewis Carroll’s Alice attends tea-parties because in a just few years she’ll be expected to host her own.  At 12 years-old, his Victorian Alice is on the verge of being considered an adult by her society.  I found that the Victorian age of 12 has a lot in common with today’s 21. In my adaptation, I wanted to explore Wonderland as a limbo between childhood and adulthood, a weird simulation world. I wanted to ask “Is this real life?””

Michael Cadden, Director of the Lewis Center’s Program in Theater, notes that “this is the year of Alice. Veronica’s play will open on the same day as Tim Burton’s new movie version of Carroll’s classic, to say nothing of two or three theatrical versions playing in New York this spring. It’s a tale that speaks to the minefield of personal and social expectations young women continue to face. And Veronica has made the story entirely her own. Hers is decidedly an Alice for the twenty-first century.”

Performances of ALICE are Friday and Saturday March 5-6 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9-11, 2010. All performances are at 8:00 PM at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the general public.

For advance tickets please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or the Berlind Box Office at 609.258.2787. 

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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