For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
New York premiere
I took off my green tights. But before I went home, I stayed in the theater for a little while longer. Where you don’t have to grow up.
Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of Ann’s fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. In her highly anticipated return to Playwrights, Sarah Ruhl conjures a tender, yearning tale that flies in the face of time, in the search for a second youth.
Scenic Designer: David Zinn
Costume Designer: Kristopher Castle
Lighting Designer: Matt Frey
Co-Sound Designer: Charles Coes
Co-Sound Designer: Bray Poor
Fight and Fly Director: Ryan Bourque
Animal Trainer: William Berloni
Flying Effects: ZFX Flying Effects
Production Stage Manager: Amanda Spooner
Special thanks to the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater for its generous support of this production.
Ruhl’s droll, limpid, surreal works explore the interplay between the actual and the magical. Fantasy and convention, Ruhl seems to be saying, are part of life’s meaning and its joy.—The New Yorker
A work that is equal parts dark and light, recalling the ebullient excitement of youth but also confronting the hard fact of mortality. Ruhl’s imagination is among the most adventurous at play today in the theater.—The New York Times