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For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

Sarah Ruhl

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: PMS0000000127

A loving look at a family's view of death, life, and and the allure of never growing up.

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Minimum Fee: $125 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

90 minutes

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - Sometime in the Clinton era. And in the land of memory. And Neverland, which has no time.


Animal spot, No intermission, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set




Adult, Senior


Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theatre in Iowa, particularly when he used to bring her flowers after her performance. Her memory is jogged by the fact that she and her four siblings are in their father's hospital room during his final moments. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up. A loving look at a family's view of death, life, and and the allure of never growing up.


"There is an intrinsic lyricism to Ruhl’s ideas as well as her language in this work...Ruhl’s writing also gives voice to a binding love between siblings that overcomes conflicting beliefs." - The Courier-Journal, Read More 

"In her script, Ruhl expertly weaves heavy topics — fear of death, family relations, losing loved ones, aging — with elements of childhood whimsy to touching effect." - WFPL, Read More 

"A warm, funny, and thoughtful play for our times." - Arts-Louisville.com, Read More 

For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as a part of the Humana Festival in March 2016 under the direction of Les Waters.



4m, 2f


Ensemble cast, Parts for Senior Actors

1, ANN - between 60 and 70. Plays Peter Pan.
2, JOHN - in his late 60s. Plays John in Peter Pan.
3, JIM - in his mid-sixties. Plays Captain James Hook in Peter Pan.
4, MICHAEL - in his early sixties. Plays Michael in Peter Pan.
5, WENDY -  in her late fifties. Plays Wendy in Peter Pan.
GEORGE - in his eighties. In part 1 a dying man, in part 2 a ghost, in part 3, himself
  • For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday at Actors Theatre of Louisville

  • Director Les Waters on For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

  • Actress Kathleen Chalfant on For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at ... view full profile

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