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PETER PAN

It is a fairy play. There isn't a thing in it which could ever happen in real life. That is as it should be. It is consistently beautiful, sweet, clean, fascinating, satisfying, charming, and impossible from beginning to end. It breaks all the rules of life drama, but preserves intact all the rules of fairyland, and the result is altogether contenting to the spirit. The longing of my heart is a fairy portrait of myself: I want to be pretty; I want to eliminate facts and fill up the gap with charms.
- Interview in Seattle Star, Nov. 30, 1905, p. 8.

It is my belief that Peter Pan is a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age; and that the next best play on the boards is a long way behind it as long as you play Peter.
- Boston Globe, October 9, 1906, p. 13. Also in Maude Adams, An Intimate Portrait by Phyllis Robbins

Peter Pan watercolor
Watercolor portrait of
Maude Adams in the role of
Peter Pan, 1906.
Photo courtesy of
Dave Thomson.

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