For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 20–July 2, 2016
West Coast Premiere
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Sarah Ruhl returns to Berkeley Rep! Adored by Bay Area audiences for Eurydice, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Three Sisters, and Dear Elizabeth, the Tony Award-nominated playwright brings us a tender new tale, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday—a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time. Les Waters helms this transcendent West Coast premiere.
Sarah Ruhl · Playwright
Les Waters · Director
Annie Smart · Scenic Design
Kristopher Castle · Costume Design
Matt Frey · Lighting Design
Bray Poor · Sound Design
Amy Wegener · Dramaturg
Drew Fracher · Fight Director
ZFX, Inc. · Flying Effects
Michael Suenkel · Stage Manager
Karen Szpaller · Assistant Stage Manager
Isabella Byrd · Associate Lighting Designer
Sam Kusnetz · Associate Sound Designer
Kathleen Chalfant · Ann
David Chandler · Jim
Ron Crawford · George
Ellen McLaughlin · Wendy
Keith Reddin · Michael
Charles Shaw Robinson · John
Anna McGahey · Trombone
Ian Cochran · Trumpet
Steven Logoteta · Clarinet
“Wondrous…[Sarah] Ruhl is a master of dialogue, and five distinct, fleshed-out personalities quickly emerge…Ruhl injects enough stage magic (whose surprises I won’t spoil here) into the proceedings to establish the possibility for one of her wondrous transitions out of the banal and into the otherworldly.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Moving, endearing, and even transcendent…It’s just quirky, original, and redemptive enough to stand out among contemporary theater, and while the issues it deals with are heavy, it arrives at a lightness that some might say is too literal, but I’ll just say left a lasting smile on my face.”—SFist
“A surreal 90-minute reverie that’s wistful, beautiful and perplexing, not unlike life. Surprise is a motif throughout Ruhl’s plays and this is no exception…All of the actors deliver nuanced turns, but [Kathleen] Chalfant…dusts this production with fairy magic.”—Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
Behind the scenes: The cast of For Peter Pan…
Some of the excellent cast members talk about Sarah Ruhl’s newest play.
Behind the scenes: Sarah Ruhl
Sarah reveals the lovely inspiration for For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.
Glimpse For Peter Pan…
See scenes from the show and read what reviewers think!
Behind the scenes: Les Waters
Director Les Waters shares his insights on Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.
Behind the scenes: Kathleen Chalfant
Featured actor Kathleen Chalfant reveals her thoughts on Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.
For Peter Pan… on TV
Take a look at our TV spot for Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.
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