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Wendy Darling 

When: Mon., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: Free
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J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is one of the enduring classics of children's literature, with its fantasy of eternal youth and a hero built from parts of several mythological and folkloric characters. And, lest we forget, there's flying, which has made stage adaptations of the novel immensely popular with audiences, and allowed many actors and dancers to rise to fame. Another reason Barrie's classic endures is that there's a depth to it that allows adaptations and re-examinations from multiple angles. Utah author Robert Easton's new one-act play, Wendy Darling, picks up with the title character 10 years after the events of Peter Pan, addressing her difficulties connecting with the adult world. Not only is there the adventure with Peter that only she remembers, but Wendy also has a husband from whom she's drifting apart, and it's 1914, with Britain on the brink of war. These are all classic story elements: war is always a signifier of massive change and frequently heralds the end of any lingering childhood innocence, which isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes, one has to leave the past behind, but not necessarily forget it. Weller Book Works and Around the Globe Theatre Company are the co-sponsors of this staged reading, with J.C. Carter directing. (Danny Bowes, City Weekly)

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