Alice's Adventures Under Ground
The first production of City Lit Theater's 2011-2012 season, Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Christopher Hampton, with songs composed by Richard Peaslee, will begin previews at City Lit on Friday, September 2, 2011 and open for the press on Tuesday, September 6. The production, directed by Terry McCabe, runs through Sunday, October 9, 2011.
Based on the writings of Lewis Carroll and employing Carroll as a character in the play, Hampton's play uses episodes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There as well as material from Carroll's personal correspondence to explore the relationship between the Oxford mathematics tutor and the little girl who inspired his literary legacy. The cast of five plays a total of 32 roles, including many of Carroll's most popular characters from the Alice books, such as the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the White Knight. Alice's Adventures Under Ground was developed through workshops conducted in collaboration with the director Martha Clarke and premiered in 1994 at London's Cottesloe Royal National Theatre in 1994. City Lit's production will be the play's Chicago premiere.
Christopher Hampton is a British playwright and screenwriter whose stage credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Total Eclipse, Tales from Hollywood, The Philanthropist and (in collaboration with Don Black) the libretto for the musical Sunset Boulevard. He won an Academy Award for the screenplay of Dangerous Liaisons, adapted from his play. He is the English translator of Yazmina Reza's plays Art and God of Carnage.
Richard Peaslee is the composer of Marat/Sade and The Garden of Earthly Delights, among many other scores for the theatre. He also composes for dance, including works commissioned and performed by the New York City Ballet and by Pilobolus.
The cast for Alice's Adventures Under Ground is Emily Garman, Edward Kuffert, Nick Lake, Morgan McCabe and Lee Wichman.
The design team is Ray Blackburn (set), Devin Carroll (lighting), Thomas Kieffer (costumes), Christopher Kriz (sound) and Mary O'Dowd (props).
Alice's Adventures Under Ground will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, September 2 through October 9, as well as two Thursdays at 8:00 PM, September 29 and October 6. Press opening is Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 PM. Ticket prices are $18 for previews and $25 after opening. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling (773) 293-3682.
City Lit receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts program, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Its outreach program is sponsored in part by A.R.T. League.
City Lit Theater is located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, one block west of Sheridan Road and a block and a half east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line L stop. The 84 Peterson bus, the 147 Lake Shore Express bus, and the 151 Sheridan bus all stop near City Lit. Valet parking is available for theatre customers through Valet Metro, the valet service for Francesca's Bryn Mawr Restaurant. Parking and dining arrangements are also available to City Lit customers through the Edgewater Beach Café, located in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building one block east of the theatre and at That Little Mexican Café one block west of the theater. Patrons should call the theater box office for parking and dining details.
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
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