For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

by Sarah Ruhl
November 7 - 24, 2019

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

Ann and her four siblings gather at their childhood home to crack jokes, argue politics, and share stories. For Ann, each reminiscence brings her back to a favorite childhood memory: her star turn as Peter Pan on their hometown stage.

Soon, these brothers and sisters hear the call of Neverland, a magical place where the refusal to grow up does battle with the inevitability of growing old. A loving mixture of deathbed vigils, marching bands, the aches and pains of aging and the miracle of flight, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday celebrates all the magic that theater – and life – have to offer.

“Sarah Ruhl imbues the fantastical with a singular logic that is only hers but becomes yours during the course of the evening. She gives a map to a kind of preternatural joy; only when the curtain comes down do you remember that we cannot fly, time travel, or conjure our departed loved ones.”
– Mary Louise-Parker

Sponsored by: Evjue Foundation, Nancy Ciezki & Diane Kostecke, CUNA Mutual Group, Boardman Clark, Custer Plumb Financial Services, Findorff, Hausmann & Johnson, The Cap Times