Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd will stage the play that was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. The updated version, originally helmed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, made Barrie part of the action by creating the Storyteller character who brings a larger context to the original play.
According to Boyd, "In doing this, they let the audiences hear for the first time, through the Storyteller’s voice, some of the things Barrie thought about the play, or included in the stage directions. They are some of the most evocative stage directions ever – and their inclusion in the performed play is a great innovation."
Peter Pan will begin previews Oct. 1 and officially open Oct. 6 on the Hubbard Stage. Performances will continue through Oct. 31.
Sullivan will portray Peter, with Bunch as Wendy and Black as Mr. Darling/Captain James Hook. The cast will also feature Katrina Lenk as Mrs. Darling/Slightly, Leraldo Anzaldua as Skylights, Jeffrey Bean as Smee, James Belcher as Cecco, Thomas Brazzle as Alsatian Fogerty, Brian Byrnes as George Scourie/Robt. Mullins, Patrick Damien Earl as Nana/Chay Turley/Bill Jukes, Luis Gonzalez as Nibs/The Crocodile, Dylan Godwin as Tootles, Chris Hutchison as Alf Mason, Julia Krohn as Liza/Curly, Kalob Martinez as Canary Robb, Emily Neves as Michael/Jane, David Rainey as Noodler/Cookson, John Tyson as The Storyteller, Adam Van Wagoner as John and Todd Waite as Gentleman Starkey.
Here's how the Alley describes the play: "'All children grow up, except one.' Peter's sudden arrival into the lives of Wendy, John and Michael is the beginning of a thrilling adventure. Together they embark on a fantastical flight to the Never Land, a magical place of vivid dangers and unsettling beauty. There they meet the Lost Boys, a horde of pirates, and the wickedest villain of all time. This is J. M. Barrie’s rarely produced original fantasy – the inspiration for all other versions – and still, by far, the strangest and best." Peter Pan will have set design by Hugh Landwehr, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Beverly Emmons and music composition and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
For tickets visit AlleyTheatre or call (713) 220-5700.
The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue in Houston, TX.