ALICE AU PAYS DES MERVEILLES

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Dance, Kids, Lesbian+Gay, Musical
Written and Directed by Steven Carl McCasland

From The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, who has brought you innovative productions of Shakespeare's HAMLET at The Red Room and Radio TWELFTH NIGHT at The Barrow Group, a world premiere re-telling of the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This time, though, things are just a little bit different.

When young, American Alice follows a mime from a suburban park and into an elevator, she finds herself in a strange new world. Loosely inspired by Chagall's painting Paris Through The Window, Alice encounters a caterpillar with no legs, two little runts with very sticky fingers, and a very naughty Queen. There's a Caucus Race and a deck of characters that seem familiar and new at the same time. Alice frugs with the familiar characters to her heart's content and re-discovers the joys of being a kid.

Stretching the limit of our adult imaginations and creating an entirely new Wonderland, ALICE AU PAYS DES MERVEILLES  features a cast of 15 made up of ages 13-60! With a shoestring budget,  a ladder and a hoop skirt or two, this production forces you to rekindle your love with The Kid Inside. 

With original music by composer Laura Intravia, familiar tunes from Michael Legrand and a world premiere adaptation by playwright-director Steven Carl McCasland (HAMLET - The Red Room. Radio TWELFTH NIGHT - The Barrow Group, workshops of CROSSING BROOKLYN and BLACK & BLUE in New York), the production will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

$5.00 of every ticket sold benefits Project Night-Night, donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and  significant.  Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate  children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.  By providing  objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night  reduces trauma and advances the emotional and  cognitive well-being of the children we serve.   


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

Beautiful Soup strives to revisit three classical plays (Greek, Elizabethan and American-classic [O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc] with an innovative twist in our season. The company will also produce a workshop of a new play or musical each year.
                
Beautiful Soup has a desire to be an active part of the charitable community in New York. Working with tri-state area organizations (like BC/EFA, The Fortune Society, A-STEP, FRIGID, Prison Families Anonymous and Gay Men's Health Crisis, to name a few), we choose charities that relates to the production and donate a portion of our box office proceeds to helping them reach their goal.

The company was founded in 2010 by its artistic director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland has served the artistic director to Group Therapy Productions and directed over 15 New York productions of great classic works, from Death of a Salesman to Antigone to A Streetcar Named Desire. Visit him on the web at www.steven-mccasland.weebly.com

Beautiful Soup's four productions will make their homes around the metropolitan area, exploring New York City in new and innovative ways with classic text. And so, we begin our journey with William Shakespeare's HAMLET deep in the heart of the East Village.





Cast: Mallory Berlin, David Marx, Robert Hieger, Anne Richmond, Courtney De La Rigaudiere, Logan Riley Bruner, Patrick Whitehead, Jennifer Spears, Allison Wimer, Deidre Cutler-Stage Mgr , Stephanie Streisand-Comedian , Steven Carl Mccasland
Open:   06/01/11
Close:   06/05/11

Schedule:
Wednesday thru Saturday at 7pm
Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Soho Playhouse
Address:   15 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013
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Cost:$25.00 - [$5.00 donated to Project Night-Night]
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
 
Emily Floyd Alice
Emily Floyd is overjoyed to return to the NYC stage after appearing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in the role of Ethel Levey in George M Cohan: In His Own Words, co-produced by JEMS and the Brooklyn Family Theatre. Previous NYC roles include Mrs. Darling in BFT's Peter Pan and as performer/collaborator in 72 Inches, an original theater piece conceived by Jenna Freed. Besides performing, Emily's second love is sharing her passion for theatre with children; she works as an assistant and teacher at NYC's CurtainUp Kids theatre program. Performances in her native South Carolina include roles in The Music Man, Jekyll and Hyde, and as Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. She is currently a senior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning her BFA in Theatre with training from Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She is giddy with excitement over the experience of being a part of this project, and thanks all her friends and colleagues who opened doors and encouraged ridiculousness.

Rory Allan Meditz The Mad Hatter

Rory Allan Meditz (Randy/Priest) is a graduate of Pace University and
has been a member of Beautiful Soup since its inception. Favorite
roles include Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), Hamlet (Hamlet) and
Peter Evans (Bug).

Joanie Fritz Zosike The Duchess/Tweedle-Dee

Joanie Fritz Zosike has performed with The Living Theatre in over 15 productions, multiple street theatre works and 10 international tours. She's co-director, with Mort Kroos, of DADAnewyork (a DADA/surrealist theatre company) and co-founder/co-director, with Lois Kagan Mingus, of Action Racket Theatre (ART), a company that performs and presents workshops for people from 1 to 100. One of ART's most cherished achievements is establishing a resident theatre company, Young at Art, at Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care in the Bronx. Recent roles include "Ruth" in Brunch at the Luthers at Theater for the New City (TNC), the "Nurse" in Medea at Le Jardin Petit Versailles, and "Chloe" in Wade Savitt's Spring, featured in a Festival of Short Plays at Where Eagles Dare. Last spring Joanie directed and co-produced Tomando Café (Drinking Coffee) at TNC, with Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, the Subway Diva. Joanie serves on the production committee of TNC's annual Lower East Side (LES) Festival, the board of New York City People’s Life Fund and the steering committee of Theaters Against War (THAW).

Tracy Jennissen The White Rabbit

Tracy Jennissen (Stenographer / Nurse / Matron), originally from Canada, began her acting career with improv at The Second City.  Since moving to New York she has graduated fro The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and has gained recognition for her talent in various roles.  Theatre: Something Outrageous, (CXT Productions), Brooklyn Bets Alexi, (BBA Productions), Reality Sandwiches, (Kaleidoscope Films), The Woman and Top Girls (Stella Adler), Film: In Memory of Days to Come, Task Master and I Ate the Whole Thing.