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Peter and the Starcatcher


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By Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Nate Cohen

April 24 – May 3, 2020
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by and evil King. On board, they know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. While at sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates their fearsome leader Black Stache is determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own.

Suggested Ages: 10yrs and Up
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Performance Schedule

Friday, April 24                              7:30PM
Saturday, April 25                         7:30PM
Sunday, April 26                            2:00PM
Thursday, April 30                         7:30PM
Friday, May 1                                 7:30PM
Saturday, May 2                            7:30PM
Sunday, May 3                               2:00PM

Ticket Pricing

General Public                               $25
Seniors (62+)/Area Educator      $22
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti             $20
Full Time Student/Kids                $12
NU Student                                   $6/Adv. $12/Door

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RICK ELICE (Playwright) Broadway: THE CHER SHOW, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, JERSEY BOYS (with Marshall Brickman, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe; directed by Des McAnuff:Tony Award, Best Musical); THE ADDAMS FAMILY (with Marshall Brickman, Andrew Lippa; directed by Jerry Zaks). Regional: TURN OF THE CENTURY (with Marshall Brickman; directed by Tommy Tune); DOUBLE DOUBLE (directed by Roger Rees); DOG AND PONY (with Michael Patrick Walker); STUDIO 54 (with Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz; directed by Christopher Ashley). His book Finding Roger, An Improbably Theatrical Love Story is published by Kingswell.

WAYNE BARKER (Music) won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Other credits include DAME EDNA: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE on Broadway (composer, co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). Reg’l: THE GREAT GATSBY (Guthrie), TWELFTH NIGHT and THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Seattle Rep). TV: A LITTLE CURIOUS. Other: Mark Bennett’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (orchestrations). Dramatists Guild: artistic associate for new musicals at NYTW.

NATE COHEN (Director) is a director, teacher and activist. Chicago credits: Directing at Collaboraction and Northwestern, Assisting at Steppenwolf and Northlight. Portland credits include various roles with Artists Rep, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Third Rail Rep, CoHo Productions, Action/Adventure, Theatre Vertigo Resident Director, Lead Producer of the international tour of The Gun Show, Portland Area Theatre Alliance Board Member, and directed World Premieres of KCACTF award-winning plays MIDDLE NAMES and ALONE IN A TAXICAB…. Nate has been a teaching artist at Oregon Children’s Theatre, numerous public schools, and was Program Director of Isinglass/Artists Rep’s esteemed Egg Summer Theatre Leadership Academy.