Chicago World Premiere of Peter Pan, Directed by Amanda Dehnert, Will Fly Extra Weeks Into 2011

News   Chicago World Premiere of Peter Pan, Directed by Amanda Dehnert, Will Fly Extra Weeks Into 2011
 
Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago announced an extension of its world-premiere play, Peter Pan, now to Jan. 2, 2011.

Ticket demand is prompting the additional performances. Amanda Dehnert, the creative director who has reconceived Annie and Cabaret in North American productions, adapted and directed the J.M. Barrie classic about the boy who wouldn't grow up. Performances began Oct. 20 at Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Opening night was Oct. 30. The original closing date was to be Dec. 12.

Dehnert (whose work has been seen at Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival) has gone back to the Barrie books to create the fantastical play from the ground up. (Barrie also wrote a play version of his tale, which was famous on its own and became more popular in a Broadway musical version starring Mary Martin, and later Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby.)

According to Lookingglass, "Playful and darkly comic, Dehnert's adaptation brings innovative theatricality, aerial arts, and a soulful understanding of yearning and regret to this legendary childhood adventure of pirates, fairies and fantasy."

Peter Pan features Thomas J. Cox (Hook) and Raymond Fox (Mr. Darling); Molly Brennan (Smee), Amy J. Carle (Mrs. Darling), Ericka Ratcliffe (TigerLilly), Adeoye (Pirate), Kay Kron (Wendy), Jamie Ableson (John), Alex Weissman (Michael), Aislinn Mulligan (Tinkerbell), Matt Holzfiend (Lost Boy), Ryan Nunn (Peter), Nate Trinrud (Lost Boy), Kelley Abell (Lost Boy), Kareem Bandealy (Lost Boy) and Royer Bockus (Nana).

The creative team includes scenic designer Dan Stratton, costume designer Melissa Torchia, lighting designer Lee Fiskness, composer Andre Pluess, sound designer Andre Pluess and Michael Griggs, movement director Matt Hawkins
and properties designer William Anderson. For more information, visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

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