Meet 'Wendy Darling' Writer Sept 16-17

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 8:36am

Curtain Players welcomes playwright Ira Hauptman to the Harlem Road playhouse on the occasion of the first-ever fully staged production of his new script Wendy Darling.

The New York-based playwright will visit Curtain Players September 16-17 and the community theatre has planned two special events providing audiences rare opportunity to learn first-hand about the play from the man who created it.

Hauptman will be guest of honor at a public reception at the playhouse Saturday September 16 beginning at 6 PM. He will give a pre-performance talk ahead of the 8 o’clock performance.

Hauptman leads the Curtain Panels audience talk back following the 2 o’clock matinee Sunday September 17.

Hauptman is a professor of theatre at Queens College and a graduate of Yale Drama School. His plays have been performed in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Theater for the New City, in Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, Bangalore, Paris, and Brussels. He has received commissions from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project: for Partition, about clashing mathematicians in the early twentieth century; and for Starry Messenger, about Galileo’s recantation of his convictions. Partition will be produced in Berkeley for the second time in December. His newest play, Monument Valley, about the director of classic westerns, John Ford, will be given a staged reading in New York in the spring.

Wendy Darling opens the 2017-18 Curtain Players season, the company’s 55th. Heather Schultz directs Wendy Darling, described as a darkly comic version of the Peter Pan story in which Wendy's mother sets in motion a journey that threatens to change her family forever. The script is not written for children, and is recommended for audiences ages 13 and older.

Performances are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays September 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, with 2 o’clock matinees Sundays September 17 and 24. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are on sale and may be ordered by clicking here.