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World Premiere #62: a Central Works Method Play
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.
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
John Patrick Moore*
Stage management: Carolina Stevens
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
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.
“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).
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.
“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