The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, running July 18 – August 2, is an adult retelling of the classic children’s story that delves into the dark-side of J.M. Barrie and walks a terrifying tightrope between cradle and grave. It investigates what it actually means to grow up: why would we want to and what are we missing if we do not?
Enter the obliviously self-absorbed mind of Peter Pan as he struggles in a world filled with sexual tension from Wendy, Tiger Lily, and Tinker Bell, a self-absorbed pirate who might just be his father, and an ever present and annoying Freud-like psychologist. Peter Pan stubbornly resists adulthood not because childhood brims with such innocent joy, but because he’s terrified of the responsibilities and disappointments inherent to growing up. Will he realize, before it’s it’s too late, that he has hurt or destroyed those who truly love him?
Executive Director Christopher Dills takes the helm as director, set, lighting and costume designer and much, much more. Out of Box Artistic Director Carolyn Choe explains, “Christopher teaches at Davidson School for the Fine Arts in Augusta and most of the year he is only able to design and get up our sets up before he has to head back to school.” Dills’ set design for the show includes moving the audience to the four corners of the theater, allowing the play to take place all around the them. The cast uses a variety of set pieces to bring the play to life, including parachutes, trunks, flashlights, puppets and pool noodles.
One important thing to know is that this production is not for children. The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan includes strong adult language and situations and does not include Kathy Rigby.
The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan runs July 18 – August 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM. Out of Box Theatre is located in the Artisan Resource Center at 585 Cobb Pkwy S, Marietta, 30060. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased online at www.outofboxtheatre.com or by calling 678-653-4605.