Other books byJ.M. Barrie
Peter and Wendy
“Inventive and entrancing. . . . This adaptation by Liza Lorwin flashes with humor and adventure calculated to entertain youngsters without shying from the dark themes that address and move adults.”—The New York Times “Delightfully engaging and theatrically magical . . . Mabou Mines uncovers deeper layers of meaning in a story most of us thought we knew well. Like J.M. Barrie, [Liza Lorwin] is interested in more provocative stories of growth and loss.”—San Francisco Examiner The legendary Mabou Mines theater company, under the direction of Lee Breuer, created Peter and Wendy as an original piece of fantastical puppetry in 1996. Since then, in every city where it has been performed, it has charmed audiences anew and has been met with enthusiastic critical reviews. This story of Peter Pan and the Darling family is an inspired adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s 1911 novel, in which the meditation on the loss of childhood is more lyrically reflected upon than the original stage version. With the help of shadow puppets in the Japanese bunraku tradition, Peter and Wendy straddles two worlds, between the real and make-believe—making it perfectly at home in the theater. Liza Lorwin has been associated with Mabou Mines since 1979 and served as producer on a number of their seminal works, including The Gospel at Colonus, The Warrior Ant, and Peter and Wendy. She has written two other plays, Salt and Lacuna, and has published fiction.
Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington...
Peter Pan, the “boy who would not grow up,” originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J.M. Barrie’s sequence of stories, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero was brought to the stage by Barrie in the beloved play Peter Pan, which opened in 1904 and became the novel Peter and Wendy in 1911. In a narrative filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, fairies, and fantastic imagination, Peter Pan’s adventures capture the spirit of childhood—and of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional society. This edition includes the novel and the stories, as well as an introduction by eminent scholar Jack Zipes. Looking at the man behind Peter Pan and sifting through the psychological interpretations that have engaged many a critic, Zipes explores the larger cultural and literary contexts in which we should appreciate Barrie’s enduring creation and shows why Peter Pan is a work not for children but for adults seeking to reconnect with their own imagination. 100th anniversary of the play, which premiered December 27, 1904 Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and the original illustrations from the first edition by Francis Donkin Bedford and Arthur Rackham