"Wanderland" a new play written and performed by 2010 alumnae, fresh from its New York City premiere
(Princeton, NJ) Wanderland, a new play written and performed by Lewis Center for the Arts’ 2010 alumnae and directed by Program in Theater Acting Director Tim Vasen, will be presented on May 4 and 5 at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton campus. The play, by Veronica Siverd, is premiered on April 25 at the Little Times Square Theatre at Roy Arias Theatre Center in New York before its Princeton run.
Wanderland is described by the playwright as a witty, irreverently funny re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, set in Manhattan. “A 20-something Alice is navigating her nine-to-five daily grind,” explains Siverd. “Before she can say ‘no foam latte’ a White Rabbit appears in her office. She finds herself suddenly drawn into a twisted, urban wonderland where an array of absurd characters enters her life.”
“This is not your mother’s Alice in Wonderland,” warns Siverd, who majored in English at Princeton and is now working in the entertainment field in talent management in New York. Wanderland began as Alice: A New Play, Siverd’s senior thesis project in theater at Princeton. In that earlier incarnation Alice was a college student trying to find her path in life amid a melee of frat boys, energy drink-fueled over-achievers, and career advisors.
Siverd, again in the role of Alice, is joined in Wanderland by her fellow classmates who brought the 2010 Alice to life. Rebecca Foresman, a former French major currently working as Assistant Poetry Editor at The New Yorker, takes on the roles of Mad Hatter and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. Heather May, a Religious Studies major and former Artistic Director of Princeton Summer Theater working in London in film and theater, performs as the White Rabbit and White Queen. Dominique Salerno as the Red Queen and Cook, among other roles, also majored in Religious Studies and is working in the non-profit music education field and preparing to enter the Masters in Theatre program at the American Conservatory Theatre. All earned a certificate in the Program in Theater while studying at Princeton and together recently formed Hatch Productions to mount the current production.
Wanderland is being directed by theater faculty member Vasen, who also directed the 2010 Alice. “It is marvelous to see these talented women continue to engage in the excellent theater work they did while undergraduates here at Princeton,” notes Vasen. “Veronica was a leading figure in the University’s theater community while studying here. All four women did incredible work as students, and it is gratifying that all have developed successful careers in the performing arts.”
Princeton faculty member Jane Cox is lighting advisor and costumes and sets are based on the original designs by Anya Klepikov. The production is produced by Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., also a Princeton graduate, and a student at Columbia’s Master of Fine Arts program in Theatre Management and Producing.
The New York performances run through April 29. The Princeton performances are being hosted by Theatre InTime, the well-known student theater company, which all four women were a part of during their time at the University. The production will then move to Washington D.C.’s Fringe Festival.
Wanderland will be performed on Friday, May 4, at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org or can be purchased at the door at each performance. Further information on the production is available at: wanderlandtheplay.com.
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