|“Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” with Stage B Theatre Company|
It seems like the process of “Peter Pan” just started, and it’s already over! Our cast and creative team put up a wonderful show in a mere three weeks, including tech week. I have dubbed the process #Winterstock, given the compressed amount of time, the intense focus, and the innovative use of available resources. One mustn’t omit the occasional polar vortex that also challenged our efforts. But everyone pulled through for a magical culmination of this work, especially our dedicated director and producer (Josh Chenard and Tommy Callan). They have my utmost admiration and gratitude!
As I re-read J.M. Barrie’s book post-show, I continue to be struck at the directness of Michael Lluberes’ adaptation. Word for word in many places, Barrie’s text jumps to life onstage; the story assumes an ethereal quality with minimal embellishment, simply letting the themes speak for themselves. Therein lies the beauty of this piece for me, that the questions of a child’s mind stay with us as we grow into adults, and we never truly leave behind the mysteries of our personal Neverlands. This piece has reminded me to continue to dream and challenge expectations in favor of the spectacular.
This production has been a fantastic way to enter the Chicago theater scene. We received wonderful audience feedback and support from many friends (especially Goodman interns!). This was the first Chicago show for several cast members, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such gifted and spirited minds. I look forward to many future collaborations with my lovely castmates and creative team, and I eagerly anticipate what the future holds with faith, trust, and pixie dust.