The Lost Boy

by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo

The true life story of Peter Pan’s creator James M. Barrie

"Peter Pan and Wendy" is the title of the novelisation of Barries original play
Solomon Caw is a crow that helps Peter in "The Little White Bird", the story Peter Pan first appeared in.


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 fictionalised account of the birth of Peter Pan will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.

About the author

Ronald Gabriel Paolillo (April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012) was an American actor, teacher, playwright, director and illustrator. A man of many trades, he is most famous for starring as Arnold Horshack in the hit ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79).  He went on to guest star in over 250 television series and specials. As a stage actor, he performed in Broadway and major theatres across the US. His roles include Mozart in Amadeus, George in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Arthur in Camelot, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. In addition to The Lost Boy, his first full length play which premiered in 2005, he has also penned Who Can Say From This And That?, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, All’s Fair That Ends Well and But God’s First.

Ron Paolillo’s IMDB page (under his stage name).

About James M. Barrie

James M. Barrie was a successful and well-known Scottish playwright. He is mostly remembered today for his play and book Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Barrie was born in 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scottland (where the play THE LOST BOY takes place). He later studied literature and soon became a successful playwright with works such as Walker London and later Peter Pan.

More information about James M. Barrie.

Published Reviews

“An important and entertaining work.”

– Bob Heisler, The Journal News

“Paolillo’s new play is a magical, exhilarating flight of endearing wonder into the heart of defiant youth through the core of ageless innocence, by way of the haunting shores of regret to the triumphs of rebirth, love, and forgiveness… Destined to become a classic.”

 – David S. Skipper, President of Anon: The J.M. Barrie Society

The Crew

Producer Sarah Fünke
Director Tanya de Kruijff
Marketing Sarah Fünke, Haoyu Yang, Tulya Kavaklioglu
Graphic Design Tulya Kavaklioglu, Sarah Fünke
Costumes Sarah Fünke, Elitsa Bahovska
Decor Elitsa Bahovska, Tanya de Kruijff, Jeroen Sol
Lights Tanya de Kruijff
Sound Manuel Ventura
Props Sarah Fünke, Elitsa Bahovska


James M. Barrie Piyush Sharma
Maureen O’Rouke Sarah Fünke
Peter Pan, Davey Jeroen Sol
Mother, Peter Pan’s Mother Melissa Craggs
Tinker Bell, Ursula Elitsa Bahovska
The Old Crow Anna Geuzebroek
Mary, Adora Bell, Irresponsa Bell, Merlinda Haoyu Yang
Sean O’Rouke, Captain Roger / Hook, Gerald du Maurier Daniel Buijze
Liza, Hanna Bell, Meranda Céline Thomas
Ned, Deacon, John Darling, Dependa Bell, Slightly Sufian Sasila
Wendy Darling, Impossi Bell Ying Zhao
Michael, Tootles, Conductor Tjitse Wolf
Fairy, Pirate, Patron (ensemble) Robin Wellner
Fairy, Pirate, Patron (ensemble) Andrea Marchese

This play is only made possible by the tireless efforts of our actors and producers, many of which helped both on stage as well as behind. Special mention should go to:
Céline Thomas, Elitsa Bahovska, Jeroen Sol, Haoyu Yang, Manuel Ventura, Sarah Fünke, Tanya de Kruijff, Tjitse Wolf, Tulya Kavaklioglu, Kea Weinhardt, Venkatesh Krishna, Ying Zhao, Saad Jamil, Alexandra Tarcu, and Vanessa Maccherini.

We are also greatful to Lindenberg Huis Voor De Kunsten for accepting us as their in-house theater group for the season and the extremely valuable input we got from, each brilliant, program maker Natasja van Geel, director Rik Luijmes, technician Wilco Meijerman and marketer Sandra van de Ven. It was a true pleasure working with them and learning from them.

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Sound Credits