Peter Pan & Wendy | Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School | Stage | Indy Week

Peter Pan & Wendy 

When: 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. /2 p.m. Sun.
Price: $5-$25

J.M. Barrie may have created Peter Pan, but he didn't invent the puer aeternus—the eternal boy. That enigma has been around since at least the days of Ovid, who praised the minor god Iacchus as the embodiment of auspicious beginnings, mirth, and dance. But, like most archetypes, the ever-child has darker aspects as well, which psychologist Dan Kiley explored in the 1980s—and which Barrie more than alluded to in Peter and Wendy, the 1911 novel based on his original hit play from seven years before. What is an eternal figure devoted to the caprices of childhood capable of? Why does Barrie finally conclude that children are "innocent and heartless?" Guest director Lillian White probes the nuances in this new, devised adaptation from Burning Coal, with Alec Silver and Shawn Morgenlander in the title roles. —Byron Woods

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