Press Release - ​Peter and the Starcatcher

A Neverland Adventure Closes SCR’s Segerstrom Stage Season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)—This is the story of what happened before Peter Pan met Wendy. Peter and the Starcatcher, by Rick Elice and based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is next up on the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory. Directed by Art Manke and with musical direction by David O, Peter and the Starcatcher runs May 8-June 7. The show is geared toward adults and children ages 10 years and older. Tickets are now available at

They call him Boy, the orphan without a name. One day he’s whisked onto the good ship Neverland, and recruited by a young Starcatcher named Molly to save the “starstuff” from Black Stache and his pirate crew. If the starstuff falls into Black Stache’s hands, his every wish could become reality. See how the Boy becomes Peter in a swashbuckling tale of yesteryear, infused with pop culture imagery of today.

Peter and the Starcatcher is the rare example of a play that works for adults and youngsters,” said director Art Manke. “Like Sondheim and Lapine’s Into The Woods, this wonderful story, based on a novel for young readers, is elevated with wisdom that will resonate for all who listen.”

Actor Matt McGrath returns to SCR to take on the antagonistic role of Black Stache. His previous SCR credits include Putting It Together and last season’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He holds numerous credits regionally as well as on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, he replaced Alan Cumming as the Emcee in the first revival of Cabaret.

Joining McGrath on stage will be SCR regular Wyatt Fenner, as Boy, who was in last season’s world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s Rest. Gabrielle McClinton, whose credits include Pippen (Broadway) and Whatshername in the first national tour of American Idiot, makes her SCR debut as the young heroine, Molly.

The cast for Peter and the Starcatcher also includes Tony Abatemarco, Christian Barillas, J. Paul Boehmer, Joel Davel, Miles Fletcher, Allen Gilmore, James MacEwan, Kasey Mahaffy, David Nevell, David O and Paco Tolson.

The design and creative team includes Michael B. Raiford, scenic design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting design; and Michael K. Hooker, sound design. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill and the stage manager is Jennifer Ellen Butler.

Peter and the Starcatcher is generously supported by Honorary Producers Alan and Olivia Slutzky and Bette and Wylie Aitken. The Corporate Honorary Producers are Haskell & White, LLP and MUFG Union Bank. The media partner is KPCC 89.3.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Peter and the Starcatcher

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run May 8-June 7. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run May 8-14.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10, 12, and 13, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m.
      Note: Friday, May 15, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
    There is no evening performance on Sunday, June 7.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, May 17, 19-20, May 24, 26-27, May 31, June 2-3, at 7:30 p.m. 
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, May 16, May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 4-6 at 8 p.m.
      • Saturdays-Sundays, May 16-17, May 23-24, May 30-31 and June 6-7, at 2:30 p.m.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 26. Discuss the play with cast members of Peter and the Starcatcher during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, June 6, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross, through April 26; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, through May 3; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The Pacific Playwrights Festival is April 24-26. More information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.