Where the Wild Things Are Stage Adaptation to Be Produced by New Victory Theater
The Maurice Sendak Foundation has commissioned the first major and only full-length stage play adaptation of the beloved book.
The Maurice Sendak Foundation has announced that it has commissioned the first major and only full-length stage play adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, to be produced by The New Victory Theater (a project of The New 42nd Street), marking the company's first foray into original production.
The Foundation commissioned Sendak's friend and collaborator, Arthur Yorinks, to write the script. The full creative team for the production will be announced at a later date. This stage adaptation follows a 1984 opera and 2009 film based on the classic children's story.
"It was imperative to us that we develop a version that remains true to his vision. We chose Arthur because he has a unique perspective that can accurately expand on what Maurice's book implies both literally and symbolically," said Lynn Caponera, The Maurice Sendak Foundation President, in a statement.
The New Victory Theater is a performing arts nonprofit entirely devoted to kids and families. The New Victory Theater has been honored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, by Americans for the Arts with a national Arts Education Award, and by the Drama Desk.