Cap­tain Hook and the scourge of slut-sham­ing


It may be sum­mer­time, with some the­aters dark and gear­ing up for their fall openers, but many are pro­duc­ing. This month, At­lanta Lyric Theatre opens “Peter Pan,” star­ring out ac­tor Alan Kil­patrick as Cap­tain Hook and co-star­ring out ac­tor John Markowski.

Weird Sis­ters Theatre Pro­ject is busy as well, open­ing its new “Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow,” writ­ten by out play­wright Johnny Drago and di­rected by Veronika Duerr, with out play­wright/ac­tor To­pher Payne in its ensem­ble. We caught up with Kil­patrick and Drago prior to their shows’ open­ings.

Ge­or­gia Voice: Alan, how do you ap­proach Hook?

Kil­patrick: Although “Peter Pan” was not a fa­vorite of mine as a boy, I do re­mem­ber see­ing it. (As an ac­tor) you look with in­ter­est at the dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions and adap­ta­tions over the years, let your in­stincts guide you, free-fall into it and let go. I didn’t plan how to play him—it just comes out.

What is your Hook like?

I feel like I have been in­flu­enced by Tim Curry, Bette Davis and Jeremy Irons in “Re­ver­sal of For­tune.”

What is the gay ap­peal of Cap­tain Hook?

Vil­lains tend to be over-the-top. Hook is happy to be num­ber one in the world, at the top of his game. These char­ac­ters crave power, and peo­ple like that work the hard­est at achiev­ing that power. Hook, be­sides rev­el­ing in be­ing a vil­lain, there is some pathos there—a man strug­gling with his power. But play­ing vil­lains is so much fun.

Out ac­tor Alan Kil­patrick says he was in­flu­enced by Tim Curry and Bette Davis in his por­trayal of Cap­tain Hook. (Cour­tesy photo) niors in high school, and deals with slut­sham­ing and what it means to be a vir­gin. We did work­shops with women, pri­mar­ily talk­ing about their ex­pe­ri­ences—what sex­u­al­ity was to them as high school­ers, what peo­ple knew, what they wished they had known.

Was there an in­spi­ra­tion for the play?

I am not quite sure why that is. That is one of the is­sues—guys can go out and get laid as much as they want and brag about it and there are no con­se­quences but when a woman does she is la­beled some kind of slut.

Why is this a good fit for Weird Sis­ters?

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