2019 Season

Wonderland

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a Kafka-esque comedy
written by Gary Graves
directed by Jan Zvaifler
Feb 16–Mar 17

EXTENDED FOR 4 MORE PERFORMANCES:
Mar 21, 22, 23 & 24!

World Premiere #62: a Central Works Method Play

We are fully reserved on March 16, and have extremely limited availability on March 17.
For waitlist information call 510.558.1381

Someone must have recommended Joseph Kaye, for one morning, without having done anything to deserve it, he was summoned to a place that looks an awful lot like the White House.  He doesn’t know why.  He doesn’t know who summoned him.  He’s just a bank teller at National Savings and Trust.  Why him?  Some very sinister things begin happening as he waits anxiously for someone named “A.”  Is that a code name?  He doesn’t know.  There’s a “Rabbit” and a “Duchess” and a “Red Queen,” too.  Something curious is going on here…curiouser and curiouser.  Joseph just wants to go home.  But that’s not so easy when you’re down the rabbit hole, and through the looking glass.

Lewis Carroll meets Franz Kafka in Wonderland.

 

Production Sponsors:
David Harder, Patricia Milton and Will & Linda Schieber

 

SF Chronicle Theater Pick:
“In the show’s absurdist vision, being an everyman is no protection from the immorality and incompetence of our current administration.” -L. Janiak

Click to watch the trailer!

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

(note new 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Feb 14
8pm
Preview
PWYC
15
8pm
Preview
PWYC
16
7pm
Opening
17
5pm
Talkback
21
8pm
PWYC
22
8pm
23
7pm
24
5pm
28
8pm
PWYC
Mar 1
8pm
2
7pm
3
5pm
7
8pm
PWYC
8
8pm
9
7pm
10
5pm
Talkback
14
8pm
PWYC
15
8pm
16
7pm
17
5pm
21
8pm
PWYC
22
8pm
23
7pm
24
5pm

Running Time

80 minutes

Martha Brigham*
John Patrick Moore*
Kimberly Ridgeway
Clive Worsley

Stage management: Carolina Stevens
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen

*member AEA

Someone must have recommended Joseph Kaye (John Patrick Moore*), for one morning, without having done anything to deserve it, he was arrested and taken to a place that looks an awful lot like the White House…and it just gets curioser and curioser from there in Central Works production of Wonderland by Gary Graves.

Photo by J. Norrena

Joseph Kaye (L: John Patrick Moore*), has been arrested and taken to a place that looks an awful lot like the White House, where he is interrogated by an ominous figure with the code name “Rabbit” (R: Clive Worsley) in Central Works production of Wonderland by Gary Graves.

Photo by J. Norrena

“A”  (Martha Brigham*) is a staff secretary who arrived as an intern only 6 weeks ago (“People are moving up fast around here”), but she’s beginning to have qualms about her job in Central Works production of Wonderland by Gary Graves (pictured in the background: Clive Worsley).

Photo by J. Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography by Jim Norrena

* member AEA

There’s someone named “Duchess” (Kimberly Ridgeway), who works for the Red Queen? It’s possible something very bad is going on here.  Joseph just wants to go home; but that’s not so easy when you’re down the rabbit hole, and through the looking glass n Central Works production of Wonderland by Gary Graves.

Photo by J. Norrena

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some hints of the Lewis Carroll classic…as well as some tantalizing Kafka-esque elements” J. Schiffman, SF/Arts

“Graves’ most imaginative and surrealistic play and possibly his best..an imaginative, surreal play that truly takes you out of your comfort zone.” -G. Caldwell-Smith, For All Events

“The four actors are excellent in their roles” -E. Mendel, Berkeleyside

Wonderland shows its strength in its superb staging” -J. Freed, Theatrius

“Kafka meets Alice in Wonderland in shocking Berkeley political satire” -S. Hurwitt, San Jose Mercury

“Is this a masterful game of gaslighting or is it all just a horribly twisted dream?” -G. Heymont, My Cultural Landscape

CNN Post, Jan 25, 2019: Jim Accosta says “That was just right out of Alice in Wonderland”

Gary & Jan are interviewed on KALW’s Open Air
(start listening at 10:20)

Watch the trailer!