Just because Halloween was a month ago doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a ghost story.
“The Irish have an affinity for the supernatural and the otherworldly,” said G. Thomas Cochran, director of “The Veil,” Sopris Theatre Company’s latest production. “In short, it’s an Irish ghost story. But it’s also a story of people having to deal with things they don’t understand.”
The show, which opens with a 9 p.m. production on Saturday, is set in 1820s rural Ireland. The story follows the defrocked Reverend Berkely (played by Jeff Carlson) as he arrives to accompany the young Hannah (played by Peyton Wild) to England. One thing leads to another, and a séance leads to catastrophic consequences. “The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental, and the circularity of time,” according to STC.
The production has a cast of eight, consisting of Wild, a CMC student, and local actors. Alternating between student and non-student casts “gives students an incredible chance to work with older more experienced actors,” Cochran said.
“The Veil” is written by Conor McPherson, a modern author, of whom Cochran said he is a big fan.
“I love his writing and ability to make the eerie and supernatural seem natural,” he said. “His characters are very unique and quirky.”
Although the show is set 200 years ago, many of the themes of Irish culture are still relevant today, especially relating to tensions between Irish Catholics and Protestants, Cochran said. A trip to Ireland a few years ago helped inform him while he directed the play.
The cast has been working on the show for about five weeks. Cochran said that he’s excited that they’ve reached the point where “the energy starts to bounce around.” He added that the actors bringing the characters to life and playing off of each other is what he’s most excited for audiences to see.
“The Veil” opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 8, with 7 p.m. showings on Saturday, Thursday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Dec. 8. Tickets, which are $18 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and CMC employees, are available via CMC’s website. For more information, call 970-947-8177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.