Raleigh Little Theatre Preview
Robert W. McDowell
February 12, 2010
Ira Levin's Veronica's Room is a chilling mystery thriller
by the author of Rosemary's Baby and Deathtrap
Raleigh Little Theatre will present American playwright and novelist Ira Levin's thriller, Veronica's Room, on Feb. 12-14, 18-21, and 25-28 in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. Guest directed by Shawn Smith, Veronica's Room stars Christine Rogers as The Woman, Phil Lewis as The Man, Sarah Bousquet as The Girl, and Derek Taylor as The Young Man.
"I had read the script several years ago and liked it," recalls RLT guest director Shawn Smith. "I'm also a great fan of Ira Levin's work. I have never seen the play produced on stage."
Smith adds, "What really drew me to Veronica's Room was the multiple layers of personalities which the characters possess. They have great depth. This is also what drew me to want to direct it."
According to Raleigh Little Theatre:
"This chilling mystery thriller ... straddles the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. With his signature blend of mystery and Gothic horror, Levin has crafted a tale where people are not who they seem and anything can happen to anyone at any time. If there is a lesson to be learned from this thriller, it may be "don't talk to strangers.""
In addition to director Shawn Smith, the Veronica's Room creative team includes assistant director Timothy Locklear, technical director and lighting designer Jim Zervis, set designer Rick Young, costume designer Jenny Butler, and stage manager Scott Wray.
Shawn Smith says, "I believe that the set and costumes are excellent. The costumes reflect both time periods: 1970s and 1930s."
He adds, "The major challenges for us all had primarily to do with the delay in the city's installation of the theater's sprinkler system. As a director, I feel the major challenge was in casting [Veronica's Room] with the right actors in order to sustain the proper dynamics."
Raleigh Little Theatre presents Veronica's Room at 8 p.m. Feb. 12-13, 3 p.m. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Feb. 18-20 and 25-27, and 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 in RLT's Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607. TICKETS: $18 ($15 students and seniors 62+), except $10 all seats on Feb. 14th. BOX OFFICE: 919/821-3111 or http://www.etix.com/. SHOW: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/performances/09-10/veronica.html. PRESENTER/VENUE: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/. PARKING/DIRECTIONS: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/map-directions.html.
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