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The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook



Written and Performed by David Harrell

Directed by Kirk White

October 2013


New York City actor, David Harrell, brings to life a story of his childhood.  Born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook before he starts school, he is kept on the sidelines of recess until the game becomes Peter Pan! He fits perfectly into the game as Captain Hook but soon grows tired of playing the part and decides he wants to be a hero.  What happens when you decide not to be defined by your circumstances and change the game? With appearances from hilarious and colorful members of his family as well as other characters from his childhood, including Mr. T, David singularly serves as storyteller and performer. Through his journey David and his friends learn the importance of accepting and including others that may not look exactly the way that we do. This is a brand new adaptation for younger audiences.


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DAVID HARRELL (Writer/Performer) is an actor, speaker and disability advocate, originally from Brunswick, Georgia, now residing in New York City. His award nominated solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel and his new adaptation The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook have entertained audiences from New York City to the depths of Southern Georgia–from off-Broadway houses to the US Department of the Interior. He holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in theatre performance. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and has been selected to the One Man Standing Festival with the Emerging Artists Theatre, the Greensboro Fringe Festival and the United Solo Festival. As an actor he has performed with theatres in New York City and across the country over the last 15 years, he has appeared in independent films, web series and the New York City institution “Law and Order: SVU”. As a Disability Advocate he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


KIRK WHITE (Director) received his MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was a top 8 finalist in The Starz Network’s Looking for Stars reality micro-series; after which, he basically just wandered the earth, getting into adventures. Proving that yes, Virginia, there is a second act, he has produced and directed North, South, East and West all around this land. He is the founder/producer of Quite Film ( and his first feature, F**k New York was an official selection of the Queens World and Hoboken International Film Festivals. He has recently wrapped production on The How to Kill Yourself in One Year Project (12 short films in 12 months what could POSSIBLY go wrong) and is a figure of note in the world of Global Logistics.

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