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Madame Modjeska’s Wicked Fairytale

Madame Modjeska’s Wicked FairytaleCounterBalance Theater and Illuminations present Madame Modjeska’s Wicked Fairytale, a devised theater production.

A tongue-in-cheek virtual Narrator comments on three performers constructing the world of Madame Modjeska’s Fairytale: a pleasant mountain land where two siblings encounter monsters, gigantic lizards and the Black Rock of Death (where children are taken when they have been bad).  After many adventures and advice from supernatural friends, the book ends on Christmas Eve.
Movement, music and dialogue are used to tell the tale written in 1896 by the famous Orange County resident, actress Helena Modjeska.  The original fairytale book (complete with Madame Modjeska’s watercolor illustrations) is part of the UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

A little irreverent and very playful, the performance is a CounterBalance celebration of hybrid theater as we emerge from covid restrictions.   The first three minutes of the production are taken from the CounterBalance film Madame Modjeska’s Fairytale, shown at the Edinburgh Festival 2021.

Presenter / Producer: UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 949-824-2787

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
University of California Irvine, Contemporary Arts Center, Irvine, CA 92617
Irvine CA 92617

Orange County

Performance Dates: 12/8/2021 - 12/11/2021
Wednesday, 12/08/2021
Thursday, 12/09/2021
Friday, 12/10/2021
Saturday, 12/11/2021

Performance Times
Evenings: Dec. 8, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m.
Matinee: Dec.11 at 2 p.m.

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