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Alice in Wonderland (Gallienne & Friebus)

Alice in Wonderland (Gallienne & Friebus)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0573605165
ISBN-13: 9780573605161
Cast Size: 50+ characters

About the Play:

Alice in Wonderland is a full-length fantasy by Eva Le Gallienne with Florida Friebus, adapted from Lewis Carroll. Join Alice down the rabbit hole as she discovers the magic of Wonderland. "Curiouser and curiouser," animals speak in riddles, nonsense makes sense, and the adventures of young Alice reveal her pluck, intelligence, and imagination. This adaptation contains elements of Lewis Carroll's novel Alice in Wonderland, as well as the book's sequel, Through the Looking Glass, offering myriad opportunities for multiple role-playing over a large range or types and ages. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

Alice in Wonderland honours the beloved and iconic text while introducing us to an Alice that will delight present-day audiences of all generations. Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus wanted to create a production of Alice in Wonderland that was true to Lewis Carroll's words, combined the best moments and characters from both Alice in Wonderland, as well as the book's sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and made both books come to life. Speaking to the New York Times in 1982, Eva Le Gallienne said that Alice in Wonderland was relevant in the early 80s, and it still is today. How do we use our imaginations to make sense of the madness of our world? According to Eva Le Gallienne, "It's extraordinary how much of it is very much of today. Think of the upside-down math, the chopped-up logic." Or as the Cheshire Cat says, "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know that I'm mad?" says Alice. "You must be," says the Cheshire Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here." This fantastical tale, full of clever wordplay and timeless characters, is as beloved by adults as by children.

Alice in Wonderland premiered in 1932 off-Broadway at Civic Repertory Theatre, went on to have two Broadway revivals in 1932 at the New Amsterdam Theatre and in 1982 at Virginia Theatre, with Eva Le Gallienne as the White Queen – in which she flew around the Virginia Theatre on wires at the age of 83. The play is regularly performed in repertory, college, middle school, high school, and community theatre productions.

Cast: more than 50 characters plus extras (with doubling)

What people say:

"This is a living, vibrant Alice ... that actively engages, thoroughly entertains and fascinates audiences of all ages. It is not a kiddie show. It's a must-see show." — DC Metro Theater Arts

About the Playwright:

Eva Le Gallienne (1899-1991) was a pioneering American stage actress, director and producer whose career in American theatre spanned eight decades. The British-born daughter of an English poet and a Danish feminist, she was a huge Broadway star before she was 21. She is credited with opening the first successful American theatre company, the Civic Repertory Theatre offering low-priced versions of the classics, which laid the groundwork for Off-Broadway and the regional theatre movement. She last appeared on the stage in the 1982 Broadway production of Alice in Wonderland, a play she also directed and co-wrote.

Florida Friebus (1909-1988) was an American writer and actor who appeared on stage, in film and television. She came from an East Coast theatrical family and first acted professionally at the Civic Repertory Theatre in 1929, where she met her Alice in Wonderland collaborator, Eva Le Gallienne. In addition to her extensive theatre credits, She appeared on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Bob Newhart Show, Father Knows Best, The Partridge Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, among others.