CSULB University Players Present Lobster Alice

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Cal State Long Beach University Players present Lobster Alice by Kira Obolensky, April 26 through May 11 in the Players Theatre. Directed by MFA student Robert Prior, Lobster Alice is a surrealist reimagining of Dali’s journey to Disney.

In 1946, Spanish artist Salvador Dali was commissioned by the Walt Disney Company to create a surrealist, animated ballet to the ballad, “Destino.” Lobster Alice imagines what might have transpired during the six weeks Dali invaded the studio of John Finch, a young Disney animator working on the color styling of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Dali upends the status quo of John’s tightly organized world, causing him to question not only the creative direction of the film, but the nature of his relationship with his frank and witty assistant Alice, who quickly falls under Dali’s transformative spell. Dali rapidly destroys the line between reality and imagination, creating psychedelic and powerful effects on both the artists and their art.

Lobster Alice is the thesis directing project of MFA in Directing Candidate Robert Prior. Drawing on the Surrealist goal of creating “a map of the Psyche to disturb, delight and heal,” Prior explains that Obolensky’s “play explores the contrast between who we are on the surface and who we really are inside.” Robert Prior is the founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Fabulous Monsters Performance Group, an eclectic ensemble of actors, dancers, musicians, acrobats and designers whose “ultra-theatrical style” incorporates world myth, vivid social content, and outrageous, often gender bending humor. The group has toured nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including 5 New York Drama Desk Nominations.

Lobster Alice opens Friday, April 26, and runs for 14 performances, closing on Saturday, May 11. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm with Saturday matinees at 2 pm on May 4 and 11. This production is in the Players Theatre on the CSULB South Campus, accessible via West Campus Drive. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students (with valid ID). Parking is available next to the theater for $5. For tickets and information, please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre.

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