Alice, played Allison Mathisen, looks concerned as she encounters character played by Chris Gallegos.
The Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland,” presented in a “story theatre” style” – where the actors perform as the characters as well as the scenery and props – will be on stage for three shows Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15, in the Studio Theatre on Cal State East Bay’s Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
The Friday performance begins at 8 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Youth must be at least nine years of age to attend. Ticket prices are $6 for general admission, $3 for children 12 and younger.
According to director Marc Jacobs, this production of “Alice in Wonderland” is child-friendly and full of physical comedy that the whole family will enjoy. However, he said it also “explores darker themes.”
“Alice is played by three actresses, and her journey through Wonderland is an attempt to integrate three sides of her personality – the child, the woman, and her confusing relationship with author Lewis Carroll,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs explained that in this version, Alice is a teenager - not still a child and not yet a woman - who has been admitted to a mental ward.
“In her journey to self-discovery, the other inmates become the wild creatures familiar from the "Alice in Wonderland" story,” the director said.
Jacobs likens this version of “Alice” to "a crazy fun house ride in an amusement park.” There are 12 cast members who, with the blink of an eye, become mushrooms, trees, hedgehogs and dodos.
“It is a show where the audience's imagination becomes a major participant in retelling this classic story," Jacobs said.
A critical and popular success in New York, as directed by Andre Gregory in a presentation by The Manhattan Project, this exuberant, funny and strikingly different version of “Alice” enjoyed the unique distinction of a record-setting world tour.
Tickets may be purchased, and additional information is available, online at www.csueastbaytickets.com or by calling (510) 885-3118.