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Alice Through the Camera Lens: NJ Rep Premieres EXPOSURE TIME by Kim Merrill, Feb 11-March 21
In the mostly true but playfully skewed world of Exposure Time, photography is The Next Big Thing, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) vies to best Julia Margaret Cameron as England’s greatest portraitist, and Alice just wants to be herself.
Winner of a 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, the world premiere of Exposure Time by Kim Merrill runs February 11 through March 21, 2010, with an Opening Night performance and High Tea on Saturday, February 13. Previews are Feb 11 & 12 at 2pm and 8pm. Regular performances are Thurs & Fri at 8pm; Sat at 3pm & 8pm; Sun at 2pm. Tickets: $40; $36, seniors and students (except opening night); $35, previews; $60, opening night; discounts for groups of ten or more. New Jersey Rep is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch. For reservations and information call 732-229-3166 or visit http://www.njrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased at Theatermania.com.
It may seem absurd in our world of instantaneous everything that the painstakingly slow process of wet collodion photography was the 19th-century equivalent of the personal computing revolution, raising the same fever of promise and controversy. Was it art or science? Would it change the world for better or worse? Should the photographer be an observer or a participant creating images that for the first time could be shared democratically across the globe? Just as curious is the little-known fact of Charles Dodgson’s passion for photography and contempt for his own fame as the writer, Lewis Carroll. His ambitions put Dodgson on an inevitable collision course with Cameron, a woman who came to photography late in life and took Victorian society by storm with her talent, beauty, and daring innovations. Although Dodgson had a provocative way with photos of children, he could never match the inner light captured in Cameron’s portraits of nearly everyone who was anyone in the sciences, arts, and letters.
In the cultural shorthand of today, Dodgson would be a PC and Cameron a Mac. He argues for technique and precision while she aspires to expressiveness and freedom. Both are vying to win the mind and heart of Alice Liddell, who is involved in her own struggles against time, her fictional identity, and societal expectations. Stirring up the already explosive rivalry while providing comic relief and lyric eloquence, is Alfred Tennyson, Julia’s neighbor, biggest fan, and close intimate.
A magical journey into the literary heart of Victorian England, Exposure Time is a perfect play for young teens and above. Schools are invited to contact NJ Rep to discuss booking special discounted matinee performances that include lesson plans and post-show discussions with the actors.
Directed by Alan Sousa. Featuring Andrea Gallo as Julia Margaret Cameron, Adam Jonas Segaller as Charles Dodgson, John FitzGibbon as Alfred Tennyson, and Jessica Howell as Alice Liddell. Stage manager is Rose Riccardi; scenic design by Quinn Stone; lighting design by Jill Nagle; properties by Jessica Parks; costume design by Patricia E. Doherty; original music and sound design by Merek Royce Press.
Free on-site parking, easy access from NJ Transit and Academy Bus Lines. Wheelchair accessible.
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NJ Rep is a year-round, professional non-profit theater, a member of the National New Play Network, New Jersey Theater Alliance, Theater Communications Group, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils.