Mabou Mine's puppet Peter and Wendy will make its San Diego debut Sept. 27-Nov. 10 at La Jolla Playhouse. The magical interpretation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," adapted by Liza Lorwin and directed by Lee Breuer, features three-time Obie winner Karen Kandel as the narrator and Wendy.
Peter and Wendy uses Bunraku-styled puppets to tell Barrie's classic tale of a little boy who would not grow up, the young girl from London who travels to his world and the cruel pirate Captain Hook who serves as the enemy adult. The Mabou Mines production accentuates the Scottish influences of Barrie's heritage, including a Celtic score by Johnny Cunningham of Silly Wizard.
Lisa Moscatiello of the band Whirligig sings Peter and Wendy's songs, which include a crocodile tango and a pirate ballyhoo. The company of puppeteers and performers are award-winner Basil Twist (Symphonie Fantastique), Jane Catherine Shaw, Sam Hack, Preston Foerder, Sarah Provost, Lute Breuer, Jessica Chandlee Smith and Jenny Subjack. The score will be played by fiddler Cunningham, Jay Ansill, Mirella Murray, Susan Craig Winsburg and Jay Peck.
Julie Archer designed the puppets in the Japanese Bunraku style. She also designed the lighting and the set for Peter and Wendy.
Tickets are $19-$49. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road. For tickets, call (858) 550 1010. La Jolla Playhouse is on the web at http://www.lajollaplayhouse.com. — By Christine Ehren