Conor McPherson on THE VEIL | Quotidian Theatre Company

Conor McPherson
Conor McPherson

Quotidian Theatre Company presents the US premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Veil, opening tomorrow, July 18, and running through August 17.

Playwright Conor McPherson says, “I was brought up as a Roman Catholic, so perhaps this is why I see supernatural stories as the most natural thing I can present on stage. I have always felt that the theatre is the perfect place to contemplate the unknown. I want the audience to dream their way into the play and out the other side only to arrive deeper inside themselves via their most powerful emotions. I want to invite the darkness that surrounds the stage onto the stage in order to illuminate all that is truly important to us. And something that feels important to me is that we recognize that the experience of being alive — and being conscious of being alive — is an unfathomable mystery. Life is a transcendental experience. It’s a mystery we should marvel at and celebrate.”

Read more of McPherson’s thoughts in this Evening Standard interview and in his piece for The Telegraph, and watch this video interview about the 2011 world premiere production at London’s National Theatre.

Previous blog posts about The Veil can be read here.

The Veil w textQuotidian Theatre Company presents the U.S. premiere production of
THE VEIL
by Conor McPherson
July 18 – August 17, 2014

The New York Times calls Conor McPherson “the finest playwright of his generation”. Set in a haunted mansion in rural Ireland in 1822, surrounded by a restive, starving populace, The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental, and the circularity of time.

Featuring Christine Alexander, Michael Avolio, Jane Squier Bruns, John Decker, Steve LaRocque, Chelsea Mayo, Stephanie Mumford, and Michele Osherow. Directed by Jack Sbarbori.

All performances are held at The Writer’s Center: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD. The venue is a short walk from the Bethesda Metro Station. There is free parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $30, or $25 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, with one additional 2pm performance on Saturday, August 16.

Subscribers, please contact quotidiantheatre@comcast.net or 301-816-1023 for reservations.

The Veil cast
The Veil cast: Christine Alexander, Michael Avolio, Jane Squier Bruns, John Decker,
Steve LaRocque,  Chelsea Mayo, Stephanie Mumford, and Michele Osherow.

 

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