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  • Theatre department premiering reimagined 'Peter Pan' centered on Indigenous identity

    Photo of actors on stage with a woodland set and one character suspended above the others.

    “The Neverland,” a modern-day adaptation of “Peter Pan,” will premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, with performances April 7-9 and April 13-16. The theatre department commissioned the play and hosted a production workshop with playwright Madeline Sayet as an artist-in-residence.

    Marion Jacobs, center, a Squamish actor, plays Wendy, who in “The Neverland” is a Mohegan girl. Also shown are Ben Mathew as John, Madelyn Childress as Mary 1/Karilagan, Jailene Torres as Mary 2/Andrea, Kim Fernandez as Mary 3/Chesa and, left, Emily Albert-Stauning as Tink. 

    Photo by Darrell Hoemann


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  • Editor’s notes: More information about “The Neverland” is available online. The production of the play was supported by a University of Illinois System Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities grant.