There will be a reading of the play I took so long to write up at Cape Cod Repertory Company. Sometimes the value of a long life is made manifest when it takes many years for thought to come to fruition and then attach itself to words on a page and THEN to
In a sense I have spent my whole life with Peter Pan. When I was a child I wanted to fly away to Neverland for adventure….and to rid myself of parents, neither of whom were especially kind to me. Then I became an actress and dreamed of playing Peter…and saying those amazingly revolutionary thoughts about childhood. Now I am an old lady with a son of my own who identified more with Captain Hook than Peter in his youth. He held another kind of rebellious spirit.
The play turned out differently than I imagined it over the years.
Sometimes actually writing something down tricks one into new attitudes. Nevertheless, I’m glad I wrote it.
James Barrie who first imagined Peter had reason to quarrel with the syrupy views of motherhood. His own mother loved but one of her children in a special way — when that boy died, she abandoned the others in her heart. He was his own lost boy.
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