Theatrical Musings
"Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers"
By Alice Perez
Aug 10, 2013 - 11:00:01 AM

Captain Hook,the arch-nemesis of Peter Pan, along with the Lost Boys and more can all be found in“Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” presented by The Blank Theatre.
HOLLYWOOD—The boy who never grew up and lived in the small adventurous island of Neverland is back in “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” presented by The Blank Theatre. Director Michael Lluberes takes a different angle to the timeless story of Peter Pan showing the darker sides that are showed in the classic JM Barrie’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” (1902).


Canyon News spoke to one of the cast members, John Joseph who plays Tootles and Smee, about the production. Johnson is new to the cast taking to the stage in late May debuting with The Blank Theatre in “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers.”  “It’s been brilliant. A fantastic crew...and Michael Lluberes is the best director I have ever worked with,” said Joseph.


The play is a timeless story of the boy who could fly and his never-ending childhood adventures with the Lost Boys, singing with mermaids, and hunting with the Native Americans Neverland. “Neverland alludes to people never growing up,” said Joseph. He stole our hearts with his heroic tale of his visits to London with Wendy Darling and her two brothers John and Michael, and fighting the evil Captain Hook. And we can’t forget his trusty side kick, the overprotecting and jealous BFF Tinkerbell. “It strikes a chord with people of all ages,” said Joseph.


According to the play description, it is “Based on Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie, this radically fresh retelling of this classic tale explores the original ideas and inspirations behind the iconic fantasy of Peter Pan. “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” is a dark, new re-telling of the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. This is Peter Pan as you have never seen it before, but how it was always meant to be told.”


We all know and love the Peter Pan of the 1953 Disney movie and of countless Broadway plays, a very happy-go-lucky young chap, always tip-toeing away in his green tights. But unlike that Peter, this Peter gets down and dirty. “Peter is actually quite selfish ”¦Peter is a tortured soul,” said Joseph. In the classic JM Barrie, the story of Peter Pan is quite grim abandoned by his parents is left to fend for himself, he comes to Neverland and becomes leader of the pack among the Lost Boys in Neverland.


In this play, Peter and his friends have to deal with issues of the fear of growing up and death. “It’s a lighthearted piece. It’s very close to the original book that deals with death and children escapism”¦A child’s way of looking at life,” said Joseph.


The Blank Theatre celebrated their 22nd season with the curtains rising for “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” back in April 28 and now has extended the show to August 18. For those of you who haven’t heard the news “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” has received applause from many critics, theatre goers, and have even extended their season. Those of you who haven’t seen it have eight more shows before the lights turn out for this production.

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