Lost Girl (2016)

Poster for "Lost Girl" (2016)

A new play by Kimberly Belflower

Directed by Cara Phipps

Neverland was an awfully long time ago...

What became of Wendy Darling in the years following her adventures with Peter Pan in Neverland? An exploration of love, loss, identity and magic, Lost Girl continues the story of J.M. Barrie's beloved character - the girl who had to grow up.

Long after she last saw Peter fly through her bedroom window, Wendy decides that she must find him in order to reclaim her kiss and move on with her life. Along the way, she encounters other girls who went to Neverland and learns she is not alone. Lost Girl is a new play about standing in the center of your own story instead of the shadow of someone else's.

Lost Girl contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 12 and greater. The play is approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.

Study View the program for Lost Girl

Study Lost Girl Resource Guide

Performances

Preview: November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Dates: November 11, 15-19 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13, 19-20 at 2:00 p.m.

Reviews 

'Lost Girl' Provides the Female Empowerment Tale We Need - Austin360
UT Theatre & Dance's 'Lost Girl' - Austin Chronicle
'Lost Girl' Shines at UT Theatre and Dance - Broadway World

About the Playwright 

Kimberly Belflower is native to a small town in Appalachian Georgia and is currently a M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. She comes to Austin by way of New York City where she developed new plays with Primary Stages and Less Than Rent Theatre, as well as conceived and directed work for 54 Below. Belflower writes plays with raw emotion and lyrical language that examine the relationship between young women's internal and external lives. Teen Girl FANtasies (co-written with Megan Tabaque) premiered at the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival and was nominated for an Austin Critics' Table Award for Best New Play. Belfower's play with original folk music, The Use of Wildflowers, has been workshopped in Austin and Brooklyn and her Southern family drama, Chronic Fatigue, received a 2015 developmental production with Front Porch Arts Collective in Greenville, South Carolina. Her epic play, Gondal, will premiere as part of UTNT (UT New Theatre) this March. She is currently under commission with Peppercorn Theatre in North Carolina. 

About the Director

Cara Phipps is a director who develops and delights in new plays. At Texas Theatre and Dance she has directed The Wild Party (seven Austin Critics' Table Award nominations), Girls in Cars Underwater and An Accumpulation of Glorious Knick-Knacks (2015 Cohen New Works Festival). She recently returned to Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was a directing intern for the 50th anniversary season, to direct Goodnight and Trudy, Carolyn, Martha and Regina Travel to Outer Space and Have a Pretty Terrible Time There in The Tens. As a member of Professional Training Company, she directed two devised shows, three solo performance pieces and two 10-minute plays in addition to assisting for the mainstage season and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. A California native, Phipps has developed and directed plays in the Bay Area with several companies, including Transient Theater where she directed the world premiere of The Egg Play and received a 2012 FringeNYC Overall Excellence in Directing award. Phipps is a graduate of the drama program at the University of Portland and is currently a M.F.A. in Directing candidate at The University of Texas at Austin.

Community Engagement Events

"The Hook," beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain for each performance at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Patrons are invited to join dramaturgy and community engagement staff for "The Hook," a 15-minute conversation about Lost Girl. The experience will offer a window into the development process of this new play, as well as a sneak preview of some of the themes and ideas audience members will experience as they view the production.

Friday, November 11 and Friday, November 18, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Post-Performance Conversation

Community engagement staff will facilitate a brief conversation with the audience focusing on the themes and ideas present in the performance. This 20-minute experience offers an opportunity for patrons to ask questions and engage around the production's ideas.

Workshops for High School Students

The department is pleased to offer pre- and/or post-workshops for groups of high school students who attend Lost Girl. The workshops offer opportunities for students to engage with the themes of Lost Girl, including relationship dynamics, finding closure and what it means to be 'grown up.' Students will move through a short creative writing activity and participate in introductory theatrical activities to explore the art of storytelling. Workshops can accommodate up to 30 students at a time. To book a workshop or receive additional information about this programming, please contact Lauren Smith at lauren.smith529@utexas.edu.

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