Alice in Technoland!
An Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland

Experimental Theatre Workshop Production (CMTT359)
Communication, Media & Theatre Department,
Northeastern Illinois University

Edited by
Abrahim Harb

Cast & Original Concept by
Abrahim Harb, Khadiga Ahmed, Monica Ochoa, Mike Bowen,
Tara Shedor, Daniel Lopez, Ed De Guzman, Bartholemew Webster,
Gisla Tavernier, Peter Post & Justine Jones

In March 2016, I took the original script/concept and edited it heavily.

From February to May 2015 research was conducted by the original workshop participants and findings were used to adapt a free use version of the source material. We workshopped the full piece several times in the process.

Below is the first scene, you can contact me via abe@abeharb.com for the full script.

Original Show Dates
Monday, May 5, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Directed By 
Dan Wirth

Stage Manager
Abrahim Harb

Public Relations
Monica Ochoa & Abrahim Harb



PRESHOW MUSIC:

SCENE 1

ALL ON STAGE ARE IN BLACK CLOTHS AND WHITE MASKS.

[Ode to Technology by Tien Dang]

WHITE RABBIT
You've brought us closer,
Then made us more distant.

TWEEDLE MAC
Made us more aware,
Then made us doubtful of ourselves.

TWEEDLE PC
Introduce us to more friends,
Then invited more enemies.

HUMPTY DUMPTY
Given us more publicity,
Then exploited us.

DOORMOUSE
Save us more time,
Now it's spent to be more busy.

CATERPILLAR
Simplify our tasks just to make life more difficult.
You're an entrapping blessing in disguise.

MAD MATTER
Made us feel more secure,
Yet gave us more tools to break in.

MOTHER
You've become our new addiction,

MARCH HARE
Just a second without you,
Got us in technology withdraw.

SIRI
You're a complication in simplicity.
There's so much to love you but also so much to hate.

ALL
Can't live with you or without you…

BLACKOUT.

ALICE
Christopher Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean began a European effort at exploration and colonization…

ALICE YAWNS.

…of the Western Hemisphere. While history places great significance on his first voyage of 1492…

ALICE YAWNS AGAIN.

… he did not actually reach the South American mainland until…

ALICE STOPS READING.

This isn’t interactive enough!!! In my special world, books would be nothing but pictures and everything would be interactive – and social! Oh I know…my mom would tell me “this is very important for your future…” but it’s so BORING!

ALICE PICKS UP TABLET.

He did not actually reach the South American mainland until his third voyage in 1498. Instead, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas Archipelago that he named San Salvador while trying to find a sea route to India, hence the indigenous inhabitants were called "Indians." Likewise, he was not the earliest...

ALICE STOPS READING.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn´t…

ALICE GIGGLING EXCITEDLY.

…And the other way round, what it is, it wouldn´t be, and what it wouldn´t be, it would.
And everything would be ONLINE!

In my world… Cats and rabbits would be CGI and live in beautiful little houses, and be dressed in CGI shoes and hats and trousers…better than my real dog! That old dopey dog. Because my world would be a a technological treasure trove…Technoland…Yesssssss…Technoland…

ALICE SLUMPS BACK IN HER CHAIR AND READS SILENTLY FROM HER TABLET.

RABBIT RUNS ACROSS THE STAGE AND DISAPPEARS.

ALICE
Stop. Wait. OMG, what a cute rabbit. He’s wearing a vest! Let me take a picture of you.

RABBIT APPEARS AGAIN, LOOKS AT THE TIME AND RUNS OFF.

ALICE
Rabbit, wait…my picture. And he has an iPhone! I AM SO JEALOUS!

WHITE RABBIT
Oh my fur and whiskers! I´m late, I´m late, I´m late!

ALICE
Now that’s curious! What could a rabbit be late for? ...Please sir!

WHITE RABBIT
I´m late, I´m late, for a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye, hello!
I´m late, I´m late, I´m late!

ALICE
It must be awfully important, like a rave or something! Mister Rabbit! Wait!

ALICE RUNS AFTER RABBIT.

WHITE RABBIT
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, I’m overdue. I’m really in a stew.
No time to say goodbye or hello! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

ALICE
Oh my, what a peculiar place to have a rave! I have to Instagram this! And Snapchat this!

ALICE CHASES THE RABBIT THROUGH A FIELD.

ALICE
Wow, this is a fast rabbit.

WHITE RABBIT
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.

THE STAGE IS COVERED IN A THICK HAZE.

ALICE
I just saw... a rabbit…wearing a vest. And he was saying…he is—

LAAAAAATE!

ALICE FALLS INTO THE HOLE.

TRANSITION MUSIC: ALICE BY RAVEN SYMONE.
(SUGGESTION: START AT 1:30)

END OF SCENE 1



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