Solo Play

Andrew Sellon as Lewis Carroll
Andrew Sellon as Lewis Carroll. Photo: Gerry Goodstein

 Through the Looking-Glass Darkly

Written and performed by Andrew Sellon

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It’s the story everyone thinks they know—but no one really does.
Over 150 years ago, Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and later its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There— two brilliant books that remain as unique, inspired, funny, and potent today as the day they were written. Only Shakespeare and the Bible have been translated and quoted more frequently.
But who was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the man behind the “Lewis Carroll” pen name?  And who was the real Alice?  What was their relationship?  How did these two tales come about?  And what happened to Mr. Dodgson and Alice—and their relationship—after the works found global fame?
Performer-playwright Andrew Sellon (President Emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America) gives you a rare and truly revealing private audience with the fascinating Mr. Dodgson in an intimate solo play that dispels the myths and lets you hear from the author and Alice in their own frank, funny, and frabjous words. Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction.
Running time: 75 minutes
Audience: Ages 16 and up
Venues: Theatres, Colleges, Libraries
 Performed at Columbia University, New York University, Western Colorado University, at libraries, and as part of the 2015 global celebration in NYC:


“Andrew Sellon was superb as Charles Lutwidge Dogson in his show Through the Looking-Glass Darkly. Our audience was enthralled by his performance and the subsequent talk-back.  Sellon was a delight to work with and we enjoyed his visit to our library immensely.”
— Donna Mansfield, Programming Coordinator, Monmouth County Library, Manalapan, NJ
“Sellon used a wide arsenal of quotes ranging from Charles Dodgson, Sr.’s letters through Jr.’s juvenilia, letters, diaries, poems, and lesser-known works.  Sellon was charming, delightful, funny, and quite moving, bringing all his professional acting talents to the fore, and demonstrating great dramatic instincts in his writing.  Well done, good and faithful servant.”
— Mark Burstein, the Knight Letter (official magazine of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America)
“Sellon succeeded wonderfully in showing many sides of Carroll’s character.  Sellon relies heavily, but not too heavily, on Carroll’s own words.  One who was not intimately familiar with Carroll’s writings would never notice the seams between what Sellon has written and what he has taken from Carroll.  Sellon’s enactment of what might have happened had Rev. Dodgson [Carroll’s real name] had tea with the Liddells to propose a match with Alice is wonderful — he never says that this is what happened, yet one must believe that, if it did happen, it would have been something like what we saw.”
— Charles Lovett, the Knight Letter 

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