PRODUCERS DOMINIC PAOLILLO AND LAWRENCE LERITZ CONTINUE THE JOURNEY TO NEVERLAND FOR RON PAOLILLO
BY BRANDON VOSS - The Advocate
HORSHACK WAS MY COUSIN -
AND WAS THE BEST FRIEND OF MY PRODUCING PARTNER LAWRENCE LERITZ. (Producer of the Off-Broadway hit, Boobs! The Musical)
THE LOST BOY - BY RON PAOLILLONEW YORK CITY DEBUT - SUMMER/FALL 2014 - Initially an Off-Broadway workshop, with the intent to continue to Broadway. The show is currently in pre-production with auditions slated for June 2014.
The brilliance of the writing is amazing.
After Ron's untimely death in 2012 his dream of personally bringing this brilliant show to Broadway ended. We are committed to changing that beginning with your help!!!!
This campaign will help pay for an Equity Showcase or Festival Production with plans to do a larger scale after that. A Broadway run is planned. We have already met with a number of producers. Having an outlet for them to see and hear this play will enable them to commit. Even if you are unable to contribute PLEASE FORWARD the campaign! When you forward to your friends the word is spread which will in turn help this project.
"The Lost Boy" tells the story of writer James M. Barrie and his creation of "PETER PAN." Despite finding success and fame as a writer, James M. Barrie is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother's harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan warms the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Wouldn't Grow Up" - BROADWAY.COM
In The LOST BOY - J. M. Barries brother Davey is the inspiration for Peter Pan.
He drowned in an ice skating accident at the age of 12 and truly was the boy who never grew up. The writing of Peter Pan in many ways helped James deal with the loss.
SCENE SNIPET BEFORE THE DROWNING:
DAVEY’S VOICE- JAMIE!
JAMIE-He’s alive! He’s alive!
(He summons up the strength of mind to inch his way out onto the ice to save his brother. He carries one ice skate with him. He looks down and helplessly screams in fright.)
DAVEY! I CAN SEE YE!
(He takes skate and beats on the ice with the point of the blade.)
But, I’m too small and my arms too weak and the ice too thick and my body’s tired to aching; but I won’t stop! I have to save him! I scream and chip the ice. I cry and chip the ice. I pray and chip the ice.
Davey is trying to find the hole he fell through, but he’s lost all sense of direction and the hole isn’t where he thought it was. I look again and see his face grow dimmer and smaller as the pond’s inky depths engulf him. DAVEY!!!
A SNIPET AS THE NEVERLAND STORY STARTS TO DEVELOP:
JM BARRIE- No. This little boy has just been kidnapped.
MAUREEN- (With no little concern.) Kidnapped??
JM BARRIE- By Fairies. (She gasps.) Even now they are flying him in his perambulator to- (Goes to window.) Come here. Please. ( She obeys.) See that star? (MAUREEN points.) No, not that one. That one. The second star. To the right.
MAUREEN- Yes I see it, I think. Why?
JM BARRIE- That’s where the Fairies are taking him. To a tropical island called Neverland.
JM BARRIE- A land where no one grows up.
MAUREEN- (Quite concerned.) But he’s a baby! How will he take care of himself? How will he survive?
JM BARRIE- (At a complete loss.) Well, quite frankly, I hadn’t thought of that. (Has she sparked his imagination?) Uh- there is an island, not very big, just East of Neverland. It’s an ‘islet,’ actually, and very drab in comparison to the sun-drenched multi-colored wonders of the bigger island. In fact, this islet is so remote, that the sun has almost forgotten to shine on it. As if it wasn’t aware of its very existence.
This will be the first NYC production since publication in October 2013.
SCRIPTS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH PLAYSCRIPTS.COM or at The Drama Book Shop here in NYC. This play is destined to be a classic.
*Note: previous productions before the official publishing of the script were performed at at The Helen Hayes in Nyack, NY and The Queens Theatre in Flushing, NY and the G STAR Performing Arts School in Palm Beach Gardens, FLA