Quotidian Wishes Theater Lobby Actress, Champion of Small Theaters Jean Scott a Speedy Recovery | Quotidian Theatre Company

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Jean Scott, who several years ago was presenting Theater Lobby awards at The Writer’s Center, severely injured herself there during Quotidian Theatre Company’s July 27th performance of Conor McPherson’s The Veil. We all wish her the best and a speedy recovery!

From the 1950s to 1972, Jean acted with D.C.’s Theater Lobby, which after its close became the champion of other small, non-profit theater companies from 1987 to 2006 by bestowing awards upon local actors, directors, designers, and other small non-profit theaters at an annual ceremony. In 1993, the Theater Lobby honored me, Stephanie Mumford, with its Mary Goldwater Award. It was one of the most meaningful recognitions of my theater career. I will never forget it. Continue reading

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The Veil closes Aug 17! | Quotidian Theatre Company

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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.

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The Veil’s soundtrack | Quotidian Theatre Company

 

Sarah Foard at Glen Echos Creek

Sarah Foard at Glen Echo’s Creek

Quotidian Theatre Company presents the US premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Veil, now through August 17. 

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Violinist and Fiddler Sarah Foard Creates Her Own Sound for The Veil 

My violin instructor at the Levine School of Music, Sarah Foard, is not only the best violin teacher I have ever had, but an accomplished fiddle player who plays professionally with the Sligo Creek Stompers and other groups. Since beginning work with her a few years ago, she has been very kind to find the time in her busy schedule to perform with QTC, first in James Joyce’s The Dead as “the red-wigged fiddler,” the nickname she aptly came up with for her character, and most recently, at QTC’s May fundraiser with the other members of the Sligo Creek Stompers.

Sarah Foard (L) in James Joyce's The Dead

Sarah Foard (L) in James Joyce’s The Dead

So, when QTC wanted original renditions of standard Irish tunes for The Veil, I once again turned to Sarah, who worked her magic to create the haunting melodies we were seeking. I asked Sarah to write a couple of paragraphs about her process…

The music chosen for The Veil is an array of haunting and powerful Irish ballads. I was quite excited to learn this new repertoire on the violin and have the opportunity take the pieces to new places through the recordings used in Quotidian Theatre Company’s production.

For several of the pieces, I recorded multiple tracks, layering drones* and original harmonies under the melody. This gives the music an orchestral sound, yet because of the drones it maintains its roots in the Irish tradition. In the song “Fanny Power,” I used a theme-and-variation approach, and in “Lament for O’Donnell” and “The Coulin”, I decided to play them a cappella with only the melody voice and no harmonies, giving the songs a lonely and sparse feel.

*In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece.

You can hear and purchase the soundtrack to The Veil here.

Sarah’s stunning rendition of “Trip to Sligo/Sligo Creek/Sligo Maid” is here.

Sign up to take lessons with Sarah at either the Levine School or her Arlington-based studio, L’Adore.

~Stephanie Mumford

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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.

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From left: Michele Osherow, Jane Squier Bruns, Stephanie Mumford, John Decker, and Steve LaRocque in The Veil. Photograph by St. Johnn Blondell.

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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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The Veil rehearsal blog 2 | Quotidian Theatre Company

 

Chelsea Mayo

Chelsea Mayo

Quotidian Theatre Company presents the US premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Veil, opening July 18. Chelsea Mayo plays the role of Hannah Lambroke in the production.

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Before I auditioned for The Veil, I read a review that described it as being like a Chekhov play but with ghosts. Nina in The Seagull is still one of my favorite roles that I’ve ever played, so I was intrigued before I’d even read the script. I was drawn to the eerie setting (I’ve never done a show set in a haunted house before), I was drawn to the character’s troubled past (you’ll find out early in the play that Hannah’s childhood was not a carefree one), and I was drawn to the gaps in McPherson’s story. He shares enough information to create distinctive, believable characters, but he hints at certain events and leaves others entirely to our imaginations. An actor always has character choices to make, but The Veil presented me with several exciting challenges that I hadn’t encountered before. Continue reading

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The Veil rehearsal blog 1 | Quotidian Theatre Company

Stephanie Mumford

Stephanie Mumford

Quotidian Theatre Company presents the US premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Veil, opening July 18. Stephanie Mumford co-founded QTC with artistic director Jack Sbarbori and plays Mrs. Goulding in the production.

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A Quotidian Encounter with Conor McPherson

So, Jack says to me, “Steph, Conor McPherson has a new play. It’s set in 1822 in a haunted house in rural Ireland, and there’s a séance… Better still, Conor is directing the play himself.” It’s early 2011, and I am thinking how lovely it would be to go to London to see the world premiere of The Veil when it opens at the National Theatre in September. An impulsive decision is made. We get tickets to see three preview performances of the play during a four-day trip to England. Continue reading

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