Tue Apr 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am

The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook

Field Trip


Grades: 1-5
Curriculum: Inclusion, Anti-Bullying, Empowerment

This moving and humorous look at growing up without a right hand is a stirring, humor-filled lesson in both accepting ourselves and people who are different than us. David always wanted to be a part of the normal playground games, but was only included when the other kids realized that his prosthetic hook made him perfect for the part of Captain Hook. David demonstrates that by not judging a book by its cover, everybody grows.


Born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook before he starts school, David 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, 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, and we learn to not let the circumstances of our lives take away the core of our shared humanity.

DAVID HARRELL is an international award-winning actor, speaker and disability advocate residing in New York City. His award-winning solo play A Little Potato and Hard to Peel, and his adaptation for young audiences, The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook, have entertained audiences from Off-Broadway houses to the country of Estonia. He was nominated in 2010 for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Over the last 17 years, he has appeared in theater, film, and the New York City institution Law & 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 serves on the NYC Local Performers with Disabilities Committee with SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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