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Token Theatre Friends: Feminist ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Robin Hood’

For the first time on the show, the Friends leave New York City, and travel to the Fisher Center at Bard College and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, with guests Erin Markey and Robyn Kerr. Conclusion: The Friends need to get out more.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcasts, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

For this week’s video they took a field trip! First, they got in a car and drove two hours north of New York City to Bard College, where the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts is currently presenting a darker (dare they say, “queerer”) take on Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan (through July 22, tickets $52-$95). They spoke to Erin Markey, who plays Wendy, who talks about refocusing the story from Peter Pan to Wendy Darling.

From left, Erin Markey in ‘Peter Pan’ at the Fisher Center at Bard College (Photo by Maria Baranova). Robyn Kerr in “The Heart of Robin Hood” at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Then the Friends take a train ride to Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, which is just an hour north of New York City! While picnicking on the picturesque grounds of the festival, they talked to actor Robyn Kerr, who plays Marion in The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr (through Aug. 25, tickets $10-$94). Kerr talked about this feminist reinvention of the iconic tale, and how much she loves sword-fighting.

On the podcast, the Token Theatre Friends review both shows, in a deluxe supersized, hour-long episode.

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