Katherine Burger's Ever Ever, a comic inquiry into the lives of Peter Pan and the Darlings 40 years after Never-Never Land, will be read on South Coast Repertory's mainstage April 24 at 7:30 PM. Ever Ever is the fourth reading in the theatre's 1999-2000 NewSCRipts Series. Lillian Garrett-Groag will direct the reading, which stars such familiar SCR actors as Richard Doyle, Hal Landon Jr., Martha McFarland, Don Took, John-David Keller and John-Frederick Jones.
In Ever Ever we discover what happened after Peter Pan and Wendy bested Captain Hook by visiting the characters decades after their famous adventure. Now living in a New York brownstone, the group of old friends are still led by Wendy Darling, known as Pidge, and Peter Mackenzie, nee Pan. Among the other characters are Sumner "Weasel" Thorpe, Edward "Tiggy" Taylor, Mr.--formerly Captain--Hook and Crocker Dial.
Burger wrote the play on commission from SCR. "I wanted to write about Peter Pan and Wendy, long after the fairy tale has ended," she said. "The play is also something of an elegy for linguistic elegance, as well as for the loss of childhood innocence. It was a pleasure to work on a play in which the characters could talk in complete, compound sentences. Also, in homage to the original, I endeavored to create a world which allows for the unexpected, the perverse and the poetic."
Over the years NewSCRipts has presented 65 plays, many of them commissioned by SCR. Among SCR's recent premieres that began as NewSCRipts readings is Dinner With Friends, by Donald Margulies, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
SCR is located at 655 Town Center Drive. For tickets and information call (714) 708-555. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent