"A surreal 90-minute reverie that's wistful, beautiful and perplexing, not unlike life. Surprise is a motif throughout Ruhl's plays and this is no exception." --Karen D'Souza, Mercury News
"Wondrous. . . . Ruhl is a master of dialogue, and five distinct, fleshed-out personalities quickly emerge. . . . Ruhl injects enough stage magic into the proceedings to establish the possibility for one of her wondrous transitions out of the banal and into the otherworldly."--Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
After their father's passing, five siblings gather to reminisce and recount the memories that shaped their childhoods. What Ann, the eldest sibling (and homage to Sarah Ruhl's real-life mother), remembers most clearly is performing as Peter Pan in grade school, playing a character who never had to grow up and indeed feeling as though she never would herself. Over the course of the family gathering, the siblings find comfort in their togetherness, in aging, and in shared memories. A lyrical new play about the suddenness of growing older and the enduring bonds of family, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday is a sentimental tribute to feeling forever young.
Sarah Ruhl's plays include Stage Kiss; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; The Clean House; Passion Play; Dead Man's Cell Phone; Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando; Demeter in the City; Late: a cowboy song; Three Sisters; Dear Elizabeth; and The Oldest Boy. She is a recipient of 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
About the Author
Sarah Ruhl has written numerous award-winning plays, including The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2004, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pen Award), Melancholy Play, Eurydice, Late: a cowboy song, Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP Image Award nomination) and Passion Play: a cycle in three parts (Fourth Forum Freedom Award, Kennedy Center). Her plays have been performed at Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Wilma Theater, Cornerstone Theater, Madison Repertory Theatre, Clubbed Thumb and the Piven Theatre Workshop, among other theatres across the country. Her plays have been translated into German, Polish, Korean, Russian and Spanish, and have been produced internationally in London, Canada, Germany, Latvia and Poland. Sarah received her MFA from Brown University and is originally from Chicago. She is the recipient of a Helen Merrill award, Whiting Writers' Award and a Macarthur Fellowship. She is a proud member of New Dramatists and 13P.