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Peter/Wendy

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jeremy Bloom
April 4, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Adapter.

What is your show about?
PETER/WENDY is an all-new adaptation using the j.m. barrie text (anxiety-ridden, deadly adventurous and filled with love, fairy dust and twilight).

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I am drawn to plays that simultaneously use imagination and efficiency in storytelling. Also, that uses low-tech design to richly visual ends. I like to work on things that the audience may already be familiar with or have an entry point into so that the main experience for the audience is emotional instead of informational. Oh, you know, ubiquitous things like masterpieces and children's stories.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
that features this line by j.m. barrie "this is the hour when children in their homes are a-bed; their lips bright browned with the goodnight chocolate and their tongues drowsily searching for belated crumbs housed insecurely on their shining cheeks."

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
Careful: When the curtain goes up, all is so dark that you scarcely know it has gone up. This is because if you were to see the island bang (as Peter would say) the wonders of it might hurt your eyes. If you all came in spectacles perhaps you could see it bang, but to make a rule of that would be kind of a pity.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Maggie Smith

Who are your heroes?
Mnouchkine, Gandi, Sarandon, Clinton, Rivers, Mitchell, etc..