Alice in the Pandemic

Time is elastic. Today is like yesterday like tomorrow.

Upcoming Productions

Fall 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.



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. READ THE FULL SYNOPSIS



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. Alice in the Pandemic Inspiration

Alice in the Pandemic on the White Snake Projects Blog

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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

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