Lookingglass Theatre launched their 2010-2011 season by igniting childhood imaginations with the timeless story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Amanda Dehnert, a nationally-acclaimed director with singular vision, directed her original adaptation of Peter Pan, based on the books by J.M. Barrie. Bombastic, playful, and darkly comic, Dehnert’s adaptation brought innovative theatricality, aerial arts, and a soulful understanding of yearning and regret to this legendary adventure of pirates, fairies and fantasy.

Listen to the Preshow Lecture

Held in the Simpson Lecture Hall at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, the Raven Foundation lecture, The Persistence of Peter Pan, explored the themes of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan expressed in the Lookingglass production. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Associate Professor of English at Governors State University, was the lecturer. An author and educator, Rosemary earned her Ph.D. in English at Michigan State University. Her first book, Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006. Her published essays focus on crime fiction, twentieth-century British literature, Irish literature, and book history. A member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion since 1995, she has presented at many of their annual meetings.

Enjoy Rosemary Johnsen’s enlightening essay, The Persistence of Peter Pan, written for the Lookingglass Theatre’s Peter Pan study guide.

Interview of Director Amanda Dehnert

Raven Foundation Founder Suzanne Ross interviews Amanda Dehnert, adapter and director of Peter Pan. Listen to their exploration of Barrie’s story, the Lookingglass production and the nature of childhood memories.