What made you want to adapt such a well known story?
From the depths of J.M. Barrie’s own longing, he crafted a potent myth about what it means to grow up. Peter Pan is a bloody battle and a delicate dance between children and adults.
How is this version of Peter Pan different than the story we all grew up with?
This is a dark new re-telling of Peter Pan. Using one of Barrie’s own original titles “The Boy Who Hated Mothers”, we hope to unlock the darker mysteries buried deep inside his masterpiece.
What is most exciting and most challenging about this project?
Peter Pan is a beautiful allegory about the pain and inevitability of growing up. Barrie brilliantly explored the terrain of a child’s psychology and imagination in this work. This new Peter Pan will be a dangerous game of make believe, a dark exploration of the of a child – both a child’s dream and nightmare and an examination of the relationship between mothers and children. I want to create a theatrical playground of childhood memory and imagination.
Michael’s writing/directing credits include: THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM (New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYMF Most Promising New Musical Award, Best Book, ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, New World Stages Workshop, Penn State Festival of New Musicals, The Chance Theater, The Festival of New American Musicals), THE GERANIUM ON THE WINDOWSILL JUST DIED (Urban Stages), PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival). Directing credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT (Sonnet Repertory Theatre), NIGHTTIME TRAFFIC (NYMF), ONE THOUSAND CATS (HBO’s Funny Or Die Presents). As an actor, he has appeared in DIRTY DANCING (National Tour), Off-Broadway in AMERICAN DREAMS: LOST AND FOUND, PUDD’NHEAD WILSON, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, AS YOU LIKE IT (The Acting Company), HEAVEN KNOWS (Ensemble Studio Theatre). REGIONAL THEATRE: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Casa Mañana, Capital Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Pioneer Theatre Company. TV: “CHAPPELLE’S SHOW”, “TOUGH CROWD”. He is the recipient of The American Harmony Prize, NEA New Artist Initiative Award/Hambidge Residency, Anna Sosenko Trust Award and Richard Rodgers Award Finalist. EDUCATION: North Carolina School of the Arts. Member of The Acting Company, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Dramatists Guild. www.MichaelLluberes.com
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS
Adapted and Directed by Michael Lluberes
Based on “Peter and Wendy” by J. M. Barrie
This radically fresh retelling of the J.M. Barrie classic is a theatrical event not to be missed. Exploring the original ideas and inspirations behind this iconic fantasy, Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers tells the visceral story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up in a way you have never seen it before but how it was always meant to be told. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC
February 8 – March 3, 2012
209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC
March 20 – April 7, 2012
Tickets: $25 Previews: $10
Student Rush $15 – at the box office only, 1-hour before curtain
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