Alice in the Pandemic

Time is elastic. Today is like yesterday like tomorrow.


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.


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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PRESS RELEASE: Responding to Challenge of COVID-19 Crisis, Creator and Librettist Cerise Jacobs and White Snake Projects Pivot from Live Performance to Virtual Opera with Premiere of Alice in the Pandemic (Oct 22–27)

As COVID-19 plays havoc with arts programming around the globe, creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects, are once again pointing the way ahead, with a nimble pivot to sidestep the uncertainty surrounding fall programming. Read More

Take a Tour Through Alice’s World

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: We’re excitedly (and frantically) developing Alice in the Pandemic. We started this project in May, and we have finished the music “workshop” and are moving forward on orchestra rehearsals, all in the new world of cyberspace! The tech team is forging ahead with creating the 3D… Read More

Press Release: Team of Tech Innovators Drives Virtual Opera Alice in the Pandemic

Alice in the Pandemic, a new virtual opera from activist opera company White Snake Projects, led by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, represents an ingenious adaptation to the changed performing arts environment. Renowned for its pioneering work with new technology onstage, the company has now characteristically reached out to… Read More

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It’s Time to Get Your Tickets!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgqN2-NzJYY Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: Today’s the day! Tickets for Alice in the Pandemic are on sale NOW!  The premiere is October 23–27, 2020, and we can’t wait to share this show with you.   We’ve spent a lot of time since lockdown thinking about how to re-create… Read More