Morris-Jumel Mansion Presents New Theatrical Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland
The Morris-Jumel Mansion will offer audiences the opportunity to experience Lewis Carroll's acclaimed children's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) like they never have before. Unlike many sesquicentennial celebrations of Carroll's beloved fantasy, the Mansion's adaptation will incorporate its celebrated association with the American Revolution represented in the characters of the play such as the Mad Hatter (George Washington), Cheshire Cat (Marquis de Lafayette), and White Rabbit (Benedict Arnold).
Performances run between September 15 and October 2, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. Matinees at 3 pm will be Sundays September 18, September 25, and October 2.
Adapted and directed by Vincent Carbone with costumes designed by Vanessa Soto, the interactive production tells the story of a young Latina visiting the Mansion with her brother who separates from a tour after catching a glimpse of the White Rabbit dashing through the garden. She discovers herself in Wonderland with the American Revolution as the backdrop. Contention hangs thick in the air, almost as if the revolutionary spark will ignite at any moment. In this environment, Alice and the audience have to adapt quickly in order to survive this curious land. The audience and Alice will explore the grounds of the Mansion as they encounter versions of Carroll's iconic characters.
The majority of the play will be presented on the grounds of Roger Morris Park surrounding the Mansion, and throughout the Mansion itself located at 65 Jumel Terrace, New York City. Admission is $40 per person, $30 for members, seniors, and students with a same day student rush of $20 (limited to 10 tickets per show). A reception and tour of the Mansion follow each performance.
A special Mad Tea Party launch event for the production will take place on Saturday, August 27 from 3-5PM. Tickets are $40 per person, $35 for museum members, seniors, and students. This event will include Alice inspired refreshments, a Q&A with the cast and director, and the unveiling of the production's signature poster by artist Lauren Kolesinskas, a special commission by Morris-Jumel Mansion.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND cast includes: Kiara Carrion - Alice, Estaban Carmona - Luis, DeRick James Sherrier, Jr. - White Rabbit, Fernando A. Mateo Jr. - Caterpiller, Tim Garnham - Cheshire Cat, Michael Whitten - March Hare, Tim Ellison - Mad Hatter, James St. Jean - The Red King, Tiffany Springle - The Red Queen.
ABOUT Vincent Carbone
Vincent Carbone is a playwright and director who graduated from The SUNY College at Brockport Department of Theater. His previous directing credits include
Barefoot in the Park, Cul-de-Sac, The Nina Variations, The Yellow Wallpaper, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Block Head, Birdbath, and the ghost story
Awakening in Ink featured at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in 2015. His next production Fancy Me Mad will be showcased at Morris-Jumel in October.
ABOUT MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION
At 250 years old, Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan's oldest house. Built in 1765 by British Army Colonel Roger Morris, the Mansion served as headquarters to General George Washington during the 1776 battle of New York and was for 50 years the residence of the Eliza Jumel, one of America's richest women and second wife to Vice President Aaron Burr. Today, Morris-Jumel Mansion is a not-for-profit museum, welcoming each year tens of thousands of international and local visitors, including, nearly daily, elementary- and high school-aged children. Committed to preserving, interpreting, and making relevant to diverse audiences the Mansion's illustrious past and varied collection of period art and furnishings, Morris-Jumel is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City and the American Alliance of Museums.
The Mansion is located in upper Manhattan at 65 Jumel Terrace, and is open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Accessible by subway on the 1, A, and C lines. For more information, visit www.morrisjumel.org.
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