PLAYWRIGHT: RICK ELICE BY: BRIALLEN SANCHEZ-THURBER, LAUREN MILLS, ANDREW FALLS
PLAY INFORMATION • First performed April 15th 2012 on Broadway
• Genre is adventure and comedy • Originally performed as a workshop at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009
PLOT SUMMARY This girl named Molly is trying to protect the magical starstuff from falling into the wrong hands. Along the way she befriends a boy without a name, a group of lost boys, and she runs into an evil pirate and his crew. This is the story of Peter Pan, and how he comes to be Peter Pan.
PROTAGONIST & ANTAGONIST Peter is the protagonist. He grows as a person, and he finds himself.
Black Stache is the antagonist. He is the villain, and he drives the conflict.
SETTING The play is set in 1885, in England. It is also set on the Wasp, The Neverland, and also Neverland.
• The inciting incident when the pirates take over the ship called The Wasp • The climax of the play is at the end of Act 1 when Peter floats off to the nearby island by himself
ISSUES AND THEMES Three issues that were discussed: • Abandonment • Finding yourself • Growing up or lack there of The major theme was about discovering who you really are
MAIN CHARACTERS Peter/Boy: He is 13 years old and an orphan. He is cynic at first but becomes a leader and finds himself at the end
Molly: She is 13 years old. Her family is well off and her dad is a Lord, Lord Aster. She is a natural born leader and a braniac, know-it-all.
VOCABULARY Orphan- a child whose parents are dead Squadron- an operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the person required to fly them Amenable-open and responsive to suggestion Amulet-an ornament or small piece of jewelry thought to give protection against evil Flank- the side of something large (side of a ship) Knots- a unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour
Knickers- loose fitting trousers Trunk- Large wooden box used to store things Yardarm-The outer extremity of a ships yard Morse Code- alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short signals of light or sound
REFERENCES For those of you who don’t know, Peter and the Starcatcher is pretty much the origin story for Peter Pan. So, naturally, this play is filled with references to the great J.M. Barrie’s play, Peter Pan. Other references include a line from Milkshake, by Kelis. As for the more unfamiliar references, there are a lot of nautical terms and phrases that I wasn’t too familiar with.
We fell completely in love with the witty lines, the interesting plot, the (literal) destruction of the fourth wall, and just the imagination and creativity that went into this. No pun intended, but we are completely hooked, and we always hated when the bell would ring in class, because that meant having to put down the script. This is, without a doubt, one of our favorite plays so far. We would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun, humor, and adventure.