The Upstairs Play Series: Wonderland by Kate Douglas
Wednesday, February 20th at 7pm at Book Culture on 112th Street for the third iteration of the celebrated Upstairs Play Series: a reading of Kate Douglas's Wonderland.
WONDERLAND is a story of nonimaginary people populating an imaginary town. Wonderland is a staged suburb built to conceal a World War Two fighter jet factory in case the Japanese bombers fly over. Three actresses have been hired to live ordinarily as townspeople as a finishing touch. But World War Two never ends, and the summer job stretches on forever. WONDERLAND questions the meaning of authenticity and denial in a manufactured world where imminent doom is possible in every moment.
Kate Douglas is a multidisciplinary theatre artist seeking to challenge audiences about the limits of their world. Her work has been performed at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub and The McKittrick Hotel and developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Musicals, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, The National Theater Institute, the Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed, Artemisia Theatre and HERE Arts Center. She is the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant in support of her immersive work Extinct, which debuted in winter 2018. Her piece Middlemist Red is currently in development as part of New Victory LabWorks 2018-2019 season. Additional upcoming projects include co-writes with Todd Almond, Matthew Marsh and Grace McLean. In winter 2019, she will be in residence with Letter of Marque’s Ensemble Playwright Lab in Brooklyn. As a complement to her artistic practice, she studied herbalism at the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont and last fall, she began her Master Naturalist training at Cornell University.