The folks at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts know the summer drill: Create or book a show that draws a broad audience, one that gives theatergoers an immersive experience grounded more in spectacle than language. This summer, that show will be Lookkinglass Alice from Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company.
“I first saw this around the time I came to the Arsht Center,” says Scott Shiller, the center’s executive vice president. “It uses the audience’s imagination, tricks and circus performance to conjure Wonderland.”
Lookingglass, founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students including future Friends star David Schwimmer, won the 2011 regional theater Tony Award. The company’s take on Alice in Wonderland was adapted and directed by David Catlin, one of its founders.
For the Miami run July 8-Aug. 16, the Arsht will build a 400-seat theater on the stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House, which the audience will enter through the regular seating area, to watch six actors playing 30 characters in what Shiller views as creative, immersive storytelling for theatergoers of all ages.
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Regular tickets are $55 and $75, with a VIP White Rabbit Experience upgrade for an additional $35. That option includes a meet-and-greet with the cast, a backstage tour and special merchandise. Previewing July 8 and 9, the show will open July 10. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Arsht is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are on sale to Arsht Center members now, to the general public on March 2. Call 786-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org