The Pearl Theatre Company has rescheduled the world premiere of Terrence McNally's And Away We Go. The production will anchor The Pearl's 30th season, running November 11 - December 22, rather than the previously announced April 19 - May 19, which will now be dedicated to a production of This Side of Neverland featuring two one-acts, Rosalind and The Twelve Pound Look, by J. M. Barrie.
Artistic Director J. R. Sullivan said, "These works by J. M. Barrie feature his trademark wit and perceptive characterization, rich with his love of the theatre but also sharp in social commentary, a very fine fit for concluding the Pearl's 29th Season. As to the coming 30th Season, Terrence McNally's new play for The Pearl will be an anchor to that celebratory season."
Terrence McNally added, "I look forward to celebrating the Pearl's 30th season with And Away We Go."
Running April 19 - May 19, This Side of Neverland will feature J. M. Barrie's Rosalind and The Twelve Pound Look with direction by Sullivan. The duo of one-acts is set to open on May 5. Though best known as the creator of Peter Pan's dreamy Neverland, the prolific playwright J. M. Barrie was also smitten with the waking whimsy of the grown-up world. In Rosalind, a chance meeting propels a woman into an astonishing confession-much to the surprise of her adoring suitor. In The Twelve Pound Look, a gentleman's inconvenient encounter with a cheerful secretary sends his ego for a spin. With winking charm and affectionate wit, Barrie gives these delightful duos of incurable romantics a healthy dose of reality. Casting and production details are forthcoming.
The Pearl's fall 2013 season will also include George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, in a co-production with the Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG). The comedy will be directed by GTG founder and Artistic Director David Staller, as part of GTG's Shaw New York festival. The play, which lovingly encourages the vital importance of people connecting with other people, is the perfect project to bring these two New York companies together. The production will run from September 3 - October 13.