“Peter and the Starcatcher”
Winter 2020 Production
The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the award-winning ”Peter and the Starcatcher” as its winter 2020 production. The adventure/comedy will be performed February 27-29 and March 5-7 at 7 p.m. and February 29 and March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Main Theatre, Wright Hall.
The magical play upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
Professor Mindy Cooper will co-direct the UC Davis production along Granada Artist-in-Residence Toby Sedgwick.
Sedgwick worked with director Danny Boyle on the London 2012 Olympics as director of movement and choreographer. He won the 2008 Olivier Award as director of movement and horse choreographer for “War Horse,” and played Ted Narracot in the original production. His work as director of movement has been seen worldwide: “A Dog’s Heart” (De Nederlandse Opera, La Scala, Lyon opera and English National Opera), “Tintin” (Barbican Theatre), “Swallows and Amazons” (Bristol Old Vic), “The 39 Steps” (West End, Broadway, Japan, Russia, Korea, Australia and Europe), “War Horse” (New York, Toronto, Berlin, UK and North American Tours), and “Frankenstein” (National Theatre). Films include: “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Nanny McPhee” and “The Big Bang.” As an actor he has co-devised work with Simon McBurney and Complicite, (“The Master and Margarita”), played Harpo Marx in “Animal Crackers,” appeared in “The Play What I Wrote” in the West End.
Auditions will be held at the end of fall quarter. Dates to be announced.
Tickets go on sale in January 2020 at the beginning of winter quarter. General audience tickets are $18.50, faculty/staff tickets are $17 and students/seniors tickets are $12.