Event Information
Polybe + Seats Presents
Alice, Or The Scottish Gravediggers
Thursday, October 20, 2011 through Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Melodrama

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Polybe + Seats

The English-Language Premiere

by René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt
translated by Daniel Gerould

Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn's lodgers - the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton - are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice's future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day - the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice" by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

Directed by Jessica Silsby Brater
Produced by Catherine Wallach

Additional scenes and lyrics by Libby Emmons, Avi Glickstein, Kate Marvin, and Sarah Sakaan

Starring Elaine O’Brien, Avi Glickstein, Kate Reilly, Sarah Sakaan, Lindsay Torrey, and Ari Vigoda

Scenic and prop design by Danielle Baskin, assisted by Mitch Ost
Lighting design by Natalie Robin, assisted by Marika Kent
Costume design by Karen Boyer and Bevan Dunbar, assisted by Aileen Abercrombie
Sound design and composition by Kate Marvin
Choreography by Lindsay Torrey
Dramaturgy by Miriam Felton-Dansky, additional dramaturgy by Katya Schapiro
Stage management/assistant direction by Alyson Fortner, assisted by Lia Burrell

At the performance on November 5th, the role of Alice will be performed by Kate Reilly and the role of George will be performed by Jenni Lerche.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.