Centaur Theatre Company
Alice and the World We Live In
Written byAlexandria Haber
Directed byEda Holmes
Dramaturgy byMicheline Chevrier
October 15 to November 3, 2019
Daniel Brochu andJane Wheeler
Set & Costume DesignerAmy Keith | Lighting DesignerJulie Basse
ComposersAnna Atkinson & Alexander MacSween | Assistant Set & Costume Designer Bruno-Pierre Houle | Assistant Director Gregory-Yves Fénélon | Stage ManagerMerissa Tordjman
Apprentice Stage Manager Eden Patterson
Can You Live Every Moment Like You Are About
|To open the 51st season of its subscription series, Centaur Theatre presents the world premiere of Alice and the World We Live In, written by local playwright, Alexandria Haber, and directed by Centaur’s Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes. Looking at the reality of living in today’s uncertain world the two-hander, starring Daniel Brochu (Last Night at the Gayety and Triplex Nervosa) and Jane Wheeler (Social Studies, Innocence Lost, Twelfth Night and Dancing at Lughnasa), runs from October 15th to November 3rd.
“I feel like the world we live in is very different from the world I knew as a child. I think we are mourning the loss of a world we once knew as a society, due in part to the rising number of violent attacks which, by their nature, are random. Random makes us feel unsafe and death is very random. Even when it is expected, it is sudden: one minute the person is there and the next they are gone. When someone you love dies, the world you once knew is not the same anymore. Everything changes.”
– Alexandria Haber, Playwright
Alice stands frozen on a dangerous mountain pass. Paralyzed, unable to move forward or turn back, she is suspended between multiple possibilities of what could have been and what is. Inspired by the topsy-turvy world Alice encounters in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole, this moving allegory explores a woman’s struggle to push through the grief of losing the love of her life to a random act of terror. Echoing our collective fear of what lies ahead in these tumultuous and uncertain times, the play exalts our indefatigable resilience and endless capacity to love, once we find the courage to let go.
“When I first read the script, it grabbed me by the heart. It gave voice to my own paralyzing fear of losing the one person I cannot imagine living without: the love of my life. But the play didn’t leave me there; it carried me through the fear to a place where I was no longer paralyzed—I was able to see the world from a new vantage point. It reminded me that our ability to love someone is the key to our survival. Alice and the World We Live In is a soaring testament of love’s capacity to give us the strength to face the unimaginable.
Preview Pre-show Convo: Thursday October 17 at 7pm. In the intimate Centaur Theatre gallery, Eda Holmes will discuss the design elements with the entire Alice and the World We Live In creative team. Free and open to the public.