Celebrated playwright, Allan Knee, a graduate of Yale Drama School and Columbia, takes us to places past in his beautiful period works that include The Man Who Was Peter Pan, the basis for the film and musical Finding Neverland. Book for the outstanding Broadway musical, Little Women. Syncopation (American Theater Critics Award winner) and The Jazz Age.
I wanted to be a playwright at birth. No. Nice idea though. I always liked telling stories. Used to get me in a lot of trouble. Now I sometimes I get paid for it. The theater was great to me from the first play I saw at 4: Arsenic and Old Lace. It was all very real to me – and still is.
I was inspired by A Christmas Carol ever since I saw the Alastair Sim’s film of the story. It – he – blew me away. I never thought at the time I’d ever write my sequel to it. But when I discovered that Dickens had written a biography of the clown Joseph Grimaldi – I knew I had to write what I did. I am so happy I did. Nothing has touched me more than writing this story. It combines my love for Dickens – with my belief in healing and journeys.