UNCW Theatre Presents Margo Veil, Opens April 19

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre announces Margo Veil by Len Jenkin as the next production of the 2011-2012 season.  Shows run Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 and Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29 in the Mainstage Theatre of the Cultural Arts Building. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sundays.

Recently recognized by The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle as the best production of 2011, Margo Veil is the story of a femme fatale who inadvertently commits murder and to escape, undergoes an identity shift at a "translation parlor" run by Big Betty and Dwayne. Margo shifts into two different characters (played by different actors) and each shift brings about a change in the feel of the show.

Professor and show director Paul Castagno says, "Margo Veil is a very well-crafted play, and with a student body that has grown up with the films of David Lynch, its identity switches and shifts will be accessible. With more than 50 parts in the play, our 12 actors play multiple roles, often switching from scene to scene. Margo Veil herself appears in multiple iterations as you will see unfold across the play. To create multiple environments we are integrating filmic elements and projections, in essence, blending live action within cinematic landscapes. This novel treatment will interest local film buffs as well as Wilmington's theatergoers looking for a unique theatrical experience. "

This production features guest artist lighting designer and theatre alumna Kia Rogers, UNCW faculty members Gregg Buck along with several film studies' students; Max Lydy assisted with set design and sound; Scott Nice served as fight director and vocal coach. Emmy Weldon, a graduating senior majoring in theatre with a focus on design and technical production, is the show's costume designer.

Andrew Belser, chair of the theatre department, says of the play, "Storytellers like Len Jenkin remind us that our lives happen with sudden bends of consciousness, a turn of mind leading one direction and an image quickly deflecting us in another."

The play is performed without an intermission and runs approximately 80 minutes. Individual tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for UNCW employee/alumni or senior citizens and $5 students. Call the Kenan Box Office at 910.962.3500 for additional ticket information.

The opening of Margo Veil is one of more than 40 that are planned throughout the month of April in honor of the installation of UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Installation events showcase the diverse extent of teaching, research and service underway at UNCW, with involvement by numerous students, faculty and staff members. Miller will be officially installed as the fourth chancellor of UNCW on April 20.