Three oddly connected heroines – a curious girl who falls down a rabbit hole (Alice); the lead singer of an iconic ‘60s rock band (Grace); the nameless star of a classic druggie diary (Anonymous) – inhabit three separate worlds, playing out their stories exactly as expected. When those worlds collide, they’ve gotta wonder… who’s really controlling my destiny? New Georges fills the Irondale space with an imaginative, irreverent, highly theatrical happening.
Corthron’s imaginary meeting of these three characters is inspired by the ways they historically intertwine. It was Grace Slick’s obsession with the works of Lewis Carroll (and the drug imagery she found therein) which inspired Jefferson Airplane’s hallucinatory 1967 hit White Rabbit, which in turn inspired the title of the best-selling 1971 teenage memoir Go Ask Alice – published as the real diary of an anonymous girl, but later revealed to be a work of fiction, a “cautionary tale” by a do-gooding writer named Beatrice Sparks.
The production is designed to feel like a ‘60s-era "happening," an event which used familiar materials in new ways to make participants question their approach to experience. The concept will extend throughout the ample Irondale space -- including the balcony, where audiences will enter the theater through an interactive installation, which explores the backstory of the three protagonists. There, text from their stories mingles with art-school style constructions; and soundscapes and live video create the sense that everyone is a voyeur.
Pictured: Carolyn Baeumler, Teresa Avia Lim, and Christina Pumariega
Photo: Jim Baldassare
New Georges, in business since 1992, in an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).
Production made possible through Irondale's Emerging Artist Space Subsidy Grant
with funding from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation,
and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.