With currently unfolding world events, this is a timely and riveting story of a Peter Pan Kid – a 9 year old “kid” sent to the US by his parents to avoid being sent to Russia by Fidel. In the minds of those parents, the kids never grew old.

Operation “Peter Pan was a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the US (1960-1962). The kids got letters from their parents in Cuba but lived for years without their parents and many went on to accomplish great things. Father Bryan O. Walsh of the Catholic Welfare Bureau created the program to provide air transportation to the United States for Cuban children and then care for them.

This is the story of one such “kid”, and what it was like to become an immigrant in America during turbulent times, and how the world of performing arts embraces and protects its own. Dr. Manuel Prestamo earned a Ph.D at NYU, and served as an American Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department. His story is poignant, tearful, terrifying and comical, with peaks and valleys, tribulations and triumphs. Hear Dr. Manuel Prestamo tell you about the Peter Pan Kids.