KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts is proud to announce their Summer theatrical production of Chasing Alice, a contemporary adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Dallas theatre artist and educator Tom Parr IV.
Prepare to jump down a strangely familiar rabbit hole -- or shall we say, back alley -- with the mysteriously whimsical cast of Chasing Alice. This contemporary adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland calls upon audiences to step into the shadows they often choose to avoid; take a closer look at situations often deemed none of their business, and lend an ear to those who cry out for help. Follow the character, Carl Lewis, as he desperately searches for Alice in the least likely of places in hopes to reunite her with her family. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, breathtaking effects, and an array of various theatrical styles, this play is a fresh look at one of the most influential works of fiction of the last two hundred years.
Director and playwright Tom Parr IV explains why he chose to adapt Carroll’s famous novel:
“I have always been fascinated with Lewis Carroll’s imagination. Writers like Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkein, and George R.R. Martin have this nearly beyond-human ability to generate entire, fantastical universes through their creative gifts. In the theatre, that’s what we attempt to do, but we are constrained by the dimensional limitations of a theatre space. When developing a play like Chasing Alice, it challenges the director and the actors to create Carroll’s fantastical universe. The ensemble must utilize the entirety of our theatrical skills. It is our responsibility to give justice to his work through movement, voice, design, and imagination.”
KD Conservatory’s School Director Mike Schraeder was thrilled when Parr proposed Chasing Alice for KD’s 2018-2019 season and for the school’s 40th Anniversary:
“I’ve known Tom since our time as theatre students at Baylor University. He has been one of my closest friends for nearly twenty-five years. We trained together, started Second Thought Theatre together, and have collaborated on at least twenty shows. When I read Chasing Alice, I knew what Tom would be able to do with this show. The play requires the use of several theatrical styles: realism, Brechtian, musical theatre, and Tom’s own artistic stylings. The show is a collage of theatrical mystery and beauty. I cannot wait for audiences to see his work and the work of KD’s students.”
The talented cast bringing Parr's characters to life is comprised of KD Conservatory students from the school’s Acting, Musical Theatre, and Motion Picture Production degree programs.
Chasing Alice opens August 9, 2019, and runs through August 18th at the T.A. Taylor Theatre at KD Conservatory, 2600 N. Stemmons Frwy., Ste. 117, Dallas, TX 75207. Showtimes are August 9th and 10th at 7:30 pm, August 11th at 2:00 pm., August 16th, and 17th at 7:30 pm, August 18th at 2:00 pm. For tickets, please contact KD Conservatory’s Box Office at 214-638-0484 or purchase online at https://chasingalice.brownpapertickets.com/