Alice in Wonderland Opens 27th Season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Curious Alice chases the White Rabbit to a world of enchantment in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s children’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Cheshire Cats grin, tea cups spin, and Tweedle Dee meets Tweedle Dum in this stage adaptation by Michele L. Vacca. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story, this play is certain to be a wonderland for all ages.

Alice in Wonderland opens June 1 and runs through August 4 in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

The cast of Alice in Wonderland introduces PSF’s 2018 Young Company and includes: Anelise Diaz, Stephanie Hodge, Amy Rose Johnson, Ethan Larsen, Megan Lomax, Renee McFillin, Kellan McMichael, Bo Sayre, Andrew Scoggin, Alexandra SémanJahlil Younger, and Mark Yowakim.

PSF’s Young Company is comprised of DeSales University theatre majors and recent graduates and provides an opportunity to perform with professional artists in PSF’s main productions and to gain professional credits. Over the course of the summer the Young Company will perform in multiple productions and attend master classes taught by accomplished veterans of stage and screen.

Award winning director Eleanor Holdridge makes her directorial debut at PSF with this production. Steve TenEyck serves as scenic and lighting designer, Amy Best as costume designer, and Justin Propper as the sound designer. The stage manager is Caroline Sylvia.

Production sponsors are Steve and Jane Auvil and production co-sponsors are Dr. James and Penny Pantano.

Children can get a front row seat for the fun with on-stage carpet seating and meet the actors after every performance for photos and autographs.

Tickets are $13 for children ages 12 and under and $17 for adults.

To order tickets: call 610.282.WILL [9455] or online at www.pashakespeare.org.

PSF will host accessible performances of this production including a Relaxed Performance on Friday, June 29 at 10am. Relaxed Performances offer a sensory-friendly theatre experience for individuals with a range of sensory, learning and communication differences. Some patrons who may benefit from a relaxed experience, in addition to those on the autism spectrum, include individuals with neurological and communication differences such as ADHD, social anxiety, dementia, and agoraphobia, as well as families with small children.

An American Sign Language and Audio Described performance of Alice in Wonderland will be presented on Saturday, July 28, at 10am. This performance will benefit audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who are blind or with low-vision.

For pricing, tickets or for more information about PSF’s accessible performances, please call the box office at 610.282.WILL [9455], or email psf@pashakespeare.org.

The Festival’s 27th season includes Main Stage productions of Ragtime (June 13 to July 1), Shakespeare in Love (July 11 to Aug 5), King Richard II (July 19 to Aug 5), and Shakespeare for Kids (July 25 to Aug 4); and Schubert Theatre productions of Alice in Wonderland (June 1 to Aug 4), Twelfth Night (June 21 to July 15), and All’s Well That Ends Well (July 25 to Aug 5).

One-night-only events include The Great Divorce, an allegorical journey filled with dazzling insight and language, actor Anthony Lawton reprises this masterful solo show on Monday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.; as well as Dan Domenech ŸBootleg Famous. Featuring songs and stories from his 16-year career, Dan Domenech returns to PSF on Monday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m., following a successful run as Che in last season’s Evita.

The 2018 Season Sponsors are Keith and Stefanie Wexler. The Associate Season Sponsors are Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth, Kathleen Kund Nolan and Timothy E. Nolan, The Szarko Family, and Harry C. Trexler Trust.

About Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy, Managing Director Casey Gallagher, and Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, is the only professional Equity theatre of its scope and scale within a 50-mile radius. PSF is one of only a handful of theatres on the continent producing Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and contemporary plays all of which can all be seen in rep and in multiple spaces within a few visits in a single summer season. A patron would have to travel seven to nine hours from PSF to find a greater range of offerings at a single theatre within a few weeks’ time.

The Festival’s award-winning company of many world-class artists includes Broadway, film, and television veterans, and winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, Hayes, Lortel, and Barrymore awards. A leading Shakespeare theatre with a national reputation for excellence, PSF has received coverage in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, American Theatre magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. “A world-class theater experience on a par with the top Bard fests,” is how one New York Drama Desk reviewer characterized PSF.

Founded in 1992 and now the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PSF’s mission is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to Shakespeare and other master dramatists, and through an array of education and mentorship programs. A not-for-profit theatre, PSF receives significant support from its host, DeSales University, and from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. With 150 performances of seven productions, the Festival attracts patrons each summer from 30+ states. In 25 years, PSF has offered 161 total productions (69 Shakespeare), and entertained 850,000+ patrons from 50 states, now averaging 38,000+ in attendance each summer season, plus another 15,000 students each year through its WillPower Tour. PSF is a multi-year recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts: Shakespeare in American Communities, and is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association. In 2013, leaders of the world’s premier Shakespeare theatres gathered at PSF as the Festival

PATRICK MULCAHY (Producing Artistic Director) Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut St. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for Off-Broadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Julius Caesar (2016), Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and JuliusCaesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University.

Questions? Tina.Slak@pashakespeare.org