Alice in the Pandemic

October 23-27, 2020


Cerise Lim Jacobs
Creator and Librettist

Jorge Sosa

Art by Anna Campbell

White Snake Projects and its 2020 programs are supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

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Alice in the Pandemic is made possible in part by a CARES Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Time is elastic

Alice in the Pandemic takes a deep dive down the rabbit hole into the elasticity of time, the unmooring of life, the heroism of doing one’s job, and the reconciliation of mother and daughter. The production uses newly developed technology which enables singers at remote locations to sing synchronously together as they interact with each other and their 3D avatars who lip sync in real time to live performance.


Daniel Moody White Rabbit
Eve Gigliotti Mrs. Lee/Grandma/Ice Creature/Witch/Queen of Hearts

Creative Team

Jorge Sosa Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs Creator and Librettist
Elena Araoz Director
Tianhui Ng Music Director
Curvin Huber Director of Innovation
Pirate Epstein Director of CGI
Jeanette Yew Projections and Lighting Designer
Jon Robertson Audio Engineer
Andy Carluccio Video Engineer
James Ruth Video Engineer/Operator
R Cory Collins Animator
Gage Domhoff Animator
Angel Ortiz Animator
Amanda Saker Animator
Sarith Sun Animator
Rachel Sturm Producer
Taylor Hansen Production Manager
Daniel P. Ryan VOICES Boston Artistic Director
Elly Toyoda Violinist
Clare Monfredo Cellist
Lesley Art + Design Catriona Baker, Chair, Animation Department; Michael Talbot, Adjunct Professor
Lesley Art + Design Student Interns Paola Almonte Colon; Quin Hart; Anna Truong; Hannah Mellon; Arianna Cheng Ruiz; Joseline Gonzalez; Marc Schwender; Kevin Glynn; Sara Santos; Jack Zhuo; Andrew-Lucas Silva; Maddy Smith; Katya Novosad; Em Custer; Jolie Powell

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The Inspiration

It's pandemic-time and will be pandemic-time for a long time. Theaters are dark, but the internet is alive with music, song, stories, jokes, plays . . . as performers and artists turn to their webcams and microphones to continue to do what they love. When it became increasingly clear that the shut down was not going to be “temporary” and that we would have to postpone our Fall premiere of Elena Ruehr's Cosmic Cowboy, I was determined that we would not “go dark.” If live performance in the theater was not possible, then we would present live performance on a digital platform. Alice in the Pandemic is created specifically for a digital platform in collaboration with Jorge Sosa, Elena Araoz, (the composer and director of last season's I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams) and myself. It is a cathartic response to the separation, dislocation, and isolation we all feel today and an acknowledgment of the sacrifice our medical heroes make every day as they put their mission to save lives before themselves.


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