Alumna Jolene Noelle '15 Dramaturg on LGBTQ+ Adaptation of 'Peter Pan'
May 24, 2018
Alumna Jolene Noelle '15 worked with playwright Joshua Conkel (Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) and in collaboration with Baltimore’s LGBTQ+ residents and service organizations on a new adaptation of Peter Pan. The production, directed by Tristan Powell, just had its run at the Baltimore’s Single Carrot Theatre.
“Neverland is back like you’ve never seen it before in this modern take on a classic childhood story. Peter and Wendy must face down murderous pirates and the island’s perils while grappling with questions of gender, sexuality, and performative identity. Familiar fantasy and true stories from Baltimore’s LGBTQ+ community blend as those who have been rejected and devalued build a home for themselves and each other: a stronghold against normalcy where Peter, the Darlings, and all the Lost Boys can be themselves,” according to the play's description.
Peter Pan is the second community-based project of Single Carrot Theatre. To help in the development of this production, the playwright and Single Carrot Theatre hosted story-sharing workshops that helped to reflect on the stories that come from community members, allowing the community to be part of this unique opportunity. “We’ve been talking with people in the community, talking about their experiences and how they relate to themes in Peter Pan — growing up, gender and body issues, imagination and escaping, fear of aging,” Single Carrot artistic director Genevieve de Mahy told The Baltimore Sun.
Jolene Noelle is a dramaturg, director, and story consultant specializing in new work development, devised work, and physical theatre. Additionally, she has been investigating the efficacy and application of the horror genre on stage, writing and producing a number of horror works, including co-founding NYC’s Traumaturgy Productions together with Alumnus Stephen Christensen ‘15 and directing the company’s newest plays Remains and Sunset Park. Jolene is also the Program Director at Theaterlab in Midtown Manhattan, curating and managing all internally-produced programming. Recent projects include: Associate Director and Dramaturgy on ACE, written and performed by Emmy Award-winning comedian Ted Greenberg (Philadelphia, Off-Broadway NYC); Dramaturgy on a Mini-Muse project featuring stage and film star Lynn Cohen; Dramaturgy on Julie (25f), a new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Colorado Mesa University); Dramaturgy on the devised project Exposure (Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC); Dramaturgy on an original adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s novella The Hour of the Star (Connelly Theater, NYC); and story consultancy on the upcoming webseries Tuesday Nights.