STAGE VIEWS: Peter and the Starcatcher Star Jason Ralph

By Andrew Gans
August 31, 2013

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from Jason Ralph, who is currently playing Boy/Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher at Off-Broadway's New World Stages.



What show recently impressed you?
I think I was the last person in town to go see Sleep No More, and I painfully regret not going to see it sooner. The bravery of the storytelling is smeared all over the place - from the intricacy of the set design to the DIY adventure through the lives of the characters. It's a bold thing to throw caution to the wind and risk pissing off audience members by not spoon feeding them a story - they gave the audience the freedom to explore, to wander, to get bored and then find the story that they wanted to see. Not everything should be Sleep No More, but I sure appreciated the fresh air.

What production are you most excited to see?
The worst thing about working in the theatre is that you never get to see any of it! I hear Matilda is a pretty rad time. I'm looking forward to that.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
If anyone can get the rights to J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey and manage to not ruin it, ... I might put my mother up for adoption to be a part of it.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
Currently getting to play Boy/Peter in Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher. If you've not seen this play yet, come. It's one of my all-time favorite plays.

Earlier this year I was shooting the currently untitled HBO pilot ("Untitled Michael Lannon Project") with Jonathan Groff (who just happens to be the kindest person you've ever met), and it's officially been picked up for its first season, which is obviously pretty exciting.

I'm also working with my theatre company, Strangemen & Co., as a producer and co-director for our newest play, The Woodsman, which is the origin story of The Tin Man from L. Frank Baum's "Oz" stories and is told through bunraku puppetry, song, movement and dance. We're inches from giving the play a nice proper Off-Broadway run after a successful showing at Ars Nova's ANT FEST, so keep your eyes peeled: facebook.com/StrangeMen.