Making a wrong turn on the way to Wonderland
Some stories pop up time and time again, in books, movies, and cartoons. Like the one about a little girl who discovered a very colorful world... KAREN ANNE LIGHT: There’s a very little girl named Alice… EDNA BARRON: …who lives in England … she is just like you and just like me… She’s daydreaming one day, when… LIGHT: …she sees a creature run by… BARRON: … and starts chasing the rabbit and goes down this hole that she falls down accidentally... The hole keeps going, and going, and going… BARRON: … she sees clocks and tea and bells and lights… LIGHT: … a house … and cookies… And as she falls… LIGHT: She says, “I wonder if bats eat cats, and I wonder if cats eat bats. Come to think of it, do cats eat rats?” What you’re hearing is the story of “Alice in Wonderland” – at least Disney’s version of it. And the voices you heard are from two local performers who have their own take on the Wonderland – one you’ve never heard before. LIGHT (from “Alice Down the Rwong Wrabbit Whole”): Oh no! Please don’t shoot, I’m just a little girl! Oh no, it’s that f***ing panda again. Actresses Karen Anne Light and Edna Barron are blurring lines between imagination, reality, and fantasy in their latest show – and they’re taking their audience along for the trip. KALW’s Erica Mu went to the Emerald Tablet theater in San Francisco’s North Beach to find out more.
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October 10, 2011
KAREN ANNE LIGHT (from “Alice Down the Rwong Wrabbit Whole” performance): Alice, will you kindly pay attention to your history lesson...
BARRON: I’m sorry but how can one possibly pay attention to a book with no pictures in it?
ERICA MU: Inside a tiny theater on Fresno Street in San Francisco’s North Beach District, Edna Barron and Karen Anne Light are putting on a performance of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” – or at least they’re trying to.
LIGHT (from “Alice Down the Rwong Wrabbit Whole”): Jesus Christ. (audience member laughs) Are you f***ing kidding me?
BARRON: Where are we?
LIGHT: Gee, I don’t know, Edna. You just derailed the entire show to talk about aliens and garbage, maybe you can tell me where we are. (audience member laughs)
“Alice in Wonderland” has gone completely topsy-turvy – if that makes any sense. Barron and Light are sumo wrestling … and beating each other with...
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