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(left to right) Steph Vondell as Wendy, Gaby Labotka as Peter Pan and Kate Black-Spence as Hook in a publicity image for Prop Thtr’s production of NEVERLAND. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.
Prop Thtr has announced casting for NEVERLAND, a new version of the Peter Pan lore written and directed by the Prop’s new Artistic Director Olivia Lilley and devised by the Ensemble. This show will center on the final days of Neverland through the separate perspectives of Peter, Wendy and Hook.
Lilley says that “Peter Pan, as a source material, is riddled with the attitudes and values of the society out of which it was born: turn of the century England. In this new riff on the classic, we’re hoping to create an original story that feels vital and tackles the struggles we’re in the midst of grappling to rebuild our own society today. This play is built out of the ashes of now.”
NEVERLAND will feature Kate Black-Spence as Hook, Gaby Labotka as Peter Pan, Steph Vondell as Wendy, Rory Jobst as Smee and Mary Iris Loncto as Tinker Bell with Tyler Brockington, Bernadette Carter, Dylan Fahoome, Mateo Hernandez, Stella Akua Mensah, Sissy Anne Quaranta, Caitlin Shantz and Electra Tremulis as “The Lost.” The understudies are Jenn Geiger and Elizabeth Wigley.
(top, l to r) Kate Black-Spence as Hook, Gaby Labotka as Peter Pan, Steph Vondell as Wendy, Rory Jobst as Smee and Mary Iris Loncto as Tinker Bell with Tyler Brockington (bottom, l to r) Bernadette Carter, Dylan Fahoome, Mateo Hernandez, Stella Akua Mensah, Sissy Ann Quaranta, Caitlin Shantz and Electra Tremulis as The Lost.
The production team includes: Nina D’Angier (set, props design) Diane Hamm (costume design), David Goodman-Edberg (lighting design), Ele Matelan (foley design, props), Catherine Miller (casting director), Madeline Moeller (assistant director), Marlana May Carlson (production stage manager) and Carolyn Waldee (rehearsal stage manager)
NEVERLAND will play October 26 – November 25. More information at www.propthtr.org.