Thank you to all the panelists and attendees who came to our pre-show discussion Thursday night! Everyone had wonderful insight, questions, and ideas, and the conversation was engaging and productive. Here are just a few topics that were brought up:
Modern familiarity with Peter Pan adaptations versus the original play and novel.
How appropriate the novel and play are for children.
Conflicting perspectives of children and the complicated treatment of parents in Peter Pan.
If Peter Pan fits criteria for being a fairy tale
The necessity of evil, such as witches, trolls, and Captain Hook, in fairy tales.
Why the character of Peter Pan is often played by an actress.
Gender roles in Peter Pan and how female characters are portrayed, particularly Wendy as a maternity figure.