World Premiere Production of
RETTA LEAPHART & JEFF DOWNING
Created in collaboration with:
RETTA LEAPHART, MIA CRIVELLO, RYAN EGGENSPERGER, MOLLY ROBY ELIZABETH SPINDLER & ALAN ZACKHEIM
Logo Illustration by Kelly Anne Dalton
When Geppetto’s latest wooden creation magically comes to life, a new story begins for an unlikely father and son. From one adventure to another, Pinocchio approaches his life with a courageous spirit and innocent optimism, while Geppetto realizes that fatherhood is more than he ever imagined it to be. But when Pinocchio learns that it’s not only his wooden frame that makes him different from the other boys, he must look within himself to discover what it truly means to be a real boy. Written during the pandemic, this world premiere theatrical event presents Pinocchio as a gay fairy tale hero and features Downing himself performing alongside a small ensemble bringing Pinocchio’s magical world to life. A family friendly adventure with sophisticated undertones, this fresh adaptation explores the joys and trials of parenthood and the importance of being true to yourself.