Flying high with Pan

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A new adaptation of the tale about a boy who never grows up is grown-up in unexpected ways.

Peter Pan has tattoos, Captain Hook is a lascivious ex-plastic surgeon who hallucinates talking lobsters, and the Lost Boys dress in the height of trucker-hat hipsterism in the Never Never Land that the artistic enablers of House of Yes have dreamed up in their aerial production of Peter Pan.

The House of Yes, a collaboratively-run theater space known for its groundbreaking, edgy aerial shows, has taken apart the children’s classic and turned it into a sexy, absurdist romp filled with a variety of costume styles and a young, attractive cast. And it’s all set to a soundtrack of down-tempo trip hop classics

On opening night, the sexiness started before any words are spoken, as Peter Pan, played by a androgynous Anya Sapozhnikova, kidnaps Wendy, played by Elena Delgado, from her bedroom.

As the story unfolded, the entire cast got a chance to show off their aerial skills on trapezes, silks, and ropes. There was even some fire poi.

Even though the play is about Peter Pan, it was full of other cultural references. For example, actor Benjamin Cerf was not playing Captain Hook, but instead Salvador Dali playing Captain Hook. The performance is full of seemingly off-the-cuff decisions, and it is easy to imagine that this whimsical character swap came about when Cerf put on his Hook costume and the cast realized how much he looked like Dali (he does).

They even added some wonderfully weird melting clock costumes.

That’s the beauty of these homegrown, collaborative performances. You can feel the untethered nature of the production, and it’s clear the cast is out to have fun and exercise their creativity. It also helps that the audiences to venues such as the House of Yes are looking for edgy, culture-jamming shows — and they understand that half the fun of witnessing these performances is witnessing a process.

The cast members were still working out the kinks, and when there was an obvious error, they charmingly went on with the show.

Peter Pan at House of Yes [342 Maujer St. between Morgan Avenue and Waterbury Street, in Bushwick, (585) 217–7209,]. June 7–9, 7 pm. $20–35.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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diehipster from Stomping Soyboys says:
Well, since the theme of Bushpointburg is and always has been Peter Pan; I guess this fits. Bushpointburg is the land leased by perpetual kidults and their enabling Culdesacian parents.

I swear to you: two days ago I saw "Stewart and Martha" - visiting parental enablers from Michissotakota - carrying their luggage onto the subway along with their precious snowflake, approximately 26 year old "Harrison" who was in full hipster uniform; pork pie hat, thick frames and carrying a ukulele. It was as if they were acting out the entire mentality and situation of every single faixhemian that has polluted my great Brooklyn.

Go back to your flyover states you effin homogenizing, sterilizing, pu**ifying hipster bastards.
June 6, 2013, 6:56 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I bet Peter Pan is great. I enjoyed Spiderman a few years ago very much.

I feel bad that Mr. Hipster's mind has become completely addled by sexual resentment of young athletic bodies that he has to veer into nonsensical asides about Marthas.
June 6, 2013, 9:38 am
ty from pps says:
I also don't believe he saw anything of the sort... Not saying it doesn't exist, just that mr. diehipster didn't see it. I don't think they have hipsters in his grandma's basement in Dyker Heights.
June 6, 2013, 2:16 pm
Cooch Buster from Park Slope says:
It augers the re-enchantment of the world, an abiding theme in Bohemian Brooklyn. Nothing less than the transfiguration of choochland. My brood, "young and attractive," is restoring Brooklyn to greatness. I go before them, to sweep aside the chooches. Beware, Bensonhurst, I come your way.
June 6, 2013, 5:58 pm
Colonel Sanders from Bushwick Plamtation says:
Y'all skiddy along now scootch! Don't be makin' no mischief around here!
June 6, 2013, 6:14 pm
buh bye diehipsters from BK says:
Diehipster and his ilk are the true kidults here - why work a job when you can live in Grandma Mook's rent stabilized apartment for free? Sell some of her prescription pills and you've got enough money for that new track suit from Modells and maybe even a new baseball cap with the sticker still on it. Ah yes, life in Brooklyn was so much better when it was just drug dealing mooks strutting around in their 3/4 length shorts, spitting and littering and letting their dogs poop all over the place... oh that's right, it wasn't. Say what you will about the recent waves of transplants, but they have brought far more energy and creativity to the city than this generation of aggressively dumb gangsta wanna be Brooklyn aboriginals.
June 7, 2013, 8:52 am
Ethan Pettit from Park Slope says:
^ heard that! Urban blight is the exception, gentrification is the norm. The hipsters are restoring Brooklyn to the glory she once had and deserves. The mooks and chooches and conyos of Brooklyn's recent past are generally of a lower quality than the hipsters, and their claim to "authenticity" is annulled by their failure to improve the lot of Brooklyn where the hipsters have succeeded. Simple as that. It seems plain as day to me. What. ... You got a problem with that?
June 7, 2013, 1:47 pm

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