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Selected Shorts Gift Set 2017: Curiouser and Curiouser: A Celebration Of Alice In Wonderland

Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces readings from Alice in Wonderland. This beloved children’s classic celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015.
While the book has enchanted children for generations, it is also a light-hearted satire—cloaked in nonsense—of social conventions, governments, and pretensions of all kinds. This program features some favorite chapters. In “The Pool of Tears,” read by Ari Graynor, Alice grows from small to larger to small again in her attempt to gain entrance to a charming garden. The results are almost disastrous. After surviving a croquet match played with flamingos and hedgehogs, Alice, accompanied by a Gryphon, goes to meet the lugubrious Mock Turtle, who entertains her with stories of his childhood under the sea, demonstrates the Lobster Quadrille, and sings “Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup.” Who better to make sense of Carroll’s nonsense than “Sesame Street” alum Sonia Manzano? Finally, Alice meets a real vanity case: Humpty Dumpty. The famously ovoid Humpty wants to be sure everyone knows how important—and well dressed—he is. He’s played with relish by Dan Stevens.

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