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'Everyday Alice' writer Anne Yumi Kobori adds new twist to fairy tales of old

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Anne Yumi Kobori, Katie Rubin, Norman Gee, and Jessica Uher in the Utopia Theatre Project's 'Everyday Alice'

Theatre artist Anne Yumi Kobori caught the acting bug at a young age. As a child, she would put on performances of classic tales like Cinderella and even design her own costumes. After college Anne started the Utopia Theatre Project as a way to produce theatre that inspires social change by taking old stories and making them accessible to modern audiences.

"I think people are looking to these old stories to try to rekindle hope and imagination...we're trying to find love and purpose and meaning and careers in a world that is not super conducive to any of those things."

The company’s latest production "Every Day Alice" reimagines characters from the stories of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan" in a modern day setting while exploring the line between mental health and artistic expression.

You can catch the Utopia Theatre Project’s performance of "Everyday Alice" happening through this weekend at the Piano Fight in San Francisco.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.