For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman
  • The Humana Foundation

March 8 - April 10, 2016

Run Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
There will be no intermission.

by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Les Waters
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

part of the Brown-Forman Series

March 8 – April 10, 2016
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium
part of the Brown-Forman Series

When she was a girl, Ann played Peter Pan at the children’s theatre in Iowa, and her father paused his doctor’s rounds to bring her flowers. Now, she and her four siblings gather to say goodbye to their dying father, stirring up childhood memories. They argue about politics, tell jokes, and wonder what it might mean to grow up. Ruhl’s play is a love letter to a large family contending with the inexorable march of time and the allure of Neverland.

About the Playwright
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include The Oldest Boy; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; The Clean House; Passion Play; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Melancholy PlayEurydiceOrlandoLate: a cowboy songDear Elizabeth; and Stage Kiss. Select regional credits: Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. Broadway: Lyceum Theatre by Lincoln Center Theater (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play). Off-Broadway: Women’s Project, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Awards: the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Whiting Award, the Lilly Award, a PEN Award, and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her book of essays, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, was published by Faber and Faber last fall.

Audience Advisory: This play contains no strong language, violence or sexual situations, but thematically lends itself to an older audience’s tastes.
Age Recommendations: Ages 14+

The Buzz about For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

“Funny, smart and compassionate — but never sentimental — this is a fabulous piece of theater with great production values…” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly Full Review

“Both she and Waters are becoming more and more of a “sure thing” when it comes to quality. We’re so lucky to have Waters here in Louisville, and we’re lucky he has Ruhl on speed dial.” – Melissa Chipman, Full Review 

“Ruhl’s writing also gives voice to a binding love between siblings that overcomes conflicting beliefs”

“Waters – who also has a history of wily exploits that sometimes excel – fulfills his reputation here…” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal Full Review 

Check out the Playwright’s process on the Courier Journal’s website: Full Video

Development of For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday is supported by a generous gift from Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily. The play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Commission Underwritten by Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily

Made possible by a generous grant from the
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