Editor’s note: Telluride Theatre is in the midst of a creating a circle of supporter so that the brand new company, created on the bones of Squidshow and the Telluride REP, can  produce great theatre in the region throughout the year. Telluride Inside… and Out is a proud founding member. You can join too:

“”No fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.”

“We called him Tortoise because he taught us.”

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

Victorian author Lewis Carroll became renowned for his wit and wordplay, not to mention his iconic characters: Alice, the March Hare, the wise Dodo, a Mad Hatter, a hookah-smoking Blue Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat. But did you know Carroll had an alter ego? Lewis Carroll is the pseudonym of the English mathematician and Anglican clergyman known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898).

“Curiouser and curiouser.”

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” (1865), has endured in popularity for over a century, influencing authors, artists, musicians – one of my personal favorites, Jefferson Airplane’s “Go Tell Alice” – and inspired adaptations to stage and screen such as Telluride Theatre’s upcoming production of “Alice Underground.”

Starting Tuesday, February 7 through Friday, February 10, Palm Theatre, follow Telluride Theatre down the rabbit hole when the company explores the double life of Dodgson/Carroll in “Alice Underground.” The completely original play is filled with fantasy, satire, dry wit, and utter nonsense, hallmarks of Carroll – and Colin Sullivan, actor, playwright, executive director of Telluride Theatre and author of  “Alice.”

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born on 27 January 1832 at the parsonage in Daresbury, Cheshire County, England, the third child and eldest son born to Frances Jane Lutwidge (1804-1851) and Anglican Archdeacon Charles Dodgson (1800-1868).

Like father, like son. The young Dodgson excelled in math, but he also loved literature, studying authors from Shakespeare to Coleridge, Dickens and Tennyson. He graduated Oxford in math and the classics. About the time of Dodgson’s appointment as Mathematical Lecturer, a new dean came to Christ Church college: Henry Liddell, his wife Lorina, and their  children, Harry, Lorina, Edith  – and Alice. They became great friends and Dodgson would entertain the kids by drawing pictures and telling stories, one about a girl who fell down a rabbit hole.

“Alice Underground” was directed by the singular Sasha Cucciniello. The production stars Ehren Borg, Sam Burgess, Rachael Cooke, Marissa Mattys, Dahlia Mertens, Tom Shane, Melissa Sumpter, and Colin.

“Alice Underground” is FREE to all audiences, but donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited. Rated PG-13.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to what Colin has to say:

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