By J.M. Barrie
Adapted by John Caird and Trevor Nunn
Directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale
With R.J. Voltz as Peter,
Christina Golab as Wendy, Jessica McKay as Tinker Bell
and Jane, Marie Hasselback-Costa as Mrs. Darling and
Tiger Lily, John Kreuzer as the Storyteller,
and Eric Rawski as Captain Hook
Photos by Michael Walline
THE CRITICS SING:
Director Kelli Bocock-Natale has fashioned another ensemble-driven piece that is physically and theatrically similar to her staging of “Macbeth” in this same theater two seasons ago.
Both utilize space and body language in a figurative way, imploring its audiences to imagine more than just watch.
Ben Siegel, The Buffalo News
"Peter Pan...has all the enchantment it needs to beguile a new generation of theatergoers. Every moment is brimming with the playful invention of director Kelli Bocock-Natale... inspiring dozens of handmademiracles that reveal themselves with delightful grace...
Take your children to see Peter Pan.
Tony Chase, Artvoice
J.M Barrie’s beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook,and Tinker Bell and their adventures in Never Land -- came to the New Phoenix Theatre on November 26.
This physicalized, ensemble-driven version of the classic, based on an adaptation by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, is directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale, who stunned New Phoenix audiences with MACBETH last season.
The New Phoenix production marks Peter Pan’s centennial: Barrie’s novel Peter and Wendy was published in 1911, making it 100 years old this year. But the tale itself is reputed to date to Barrie’s own childhood.
When James Matthew Barrie was six years of age, his older brother David died in an ice-skating accident. Barrie’s devastated mother found comfort in the fact that her dead son would forever remain a boy, never to grow up and leave her.
In 1902, J.M. Barrie published a novel about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens, entitled The Little White Bird. It was the Llewleyn Davies boys, who Barrie met and befriended in London, who inspired this novel; like Lewis Carroll, Barrie wrote partly to entertain his young friends. It was this book that introduced the character and mythology of Peter Pan.
The first staged performance of PETER PAN, OR THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T GROW UP took place on December 27, 1904. This play introduced audiences to the name Wendy, inspired by a young girl named Margaret Henley who affectionately called Barrie ‘Friendy’, though Margaret’s difficulty pronouncing ‘R’s caused this nickname to come out as “Fwendy”. The novel Peter and Wendy saw countless adaptations into feature films, musicals, and more.