Veronica's Room opens at WCP

Arts and Entertainment

April 4, 2016

From: Westfield Community Players

For Immediate Release:


"Like being trapped in someone else's nightmare...jarring and (with a) surprising climax...a neat, elegant thriller." - Village Voice

Directed by Brian Remo and Produced by Jessica Foerst

May 7, 13, 14, 21, 2016 @8PM; May 22, 2016 @2PM

Westfield, NJ (April 7, 2016) Westfield Community Players (WCP) closes its 2015-2016 season with the mystery thriller Veronica's Room. Written by Ira Levin and directed by Brian Remo, Veronica's Room runs at Westfield Community Players May 7, 13, 14, 21, 2016 @8PM; May 22, 2016 @2PM , with an Opening Night performance on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8pm followed by a reception.

This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys.Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?

Ira Levin (1929-2007), a successful novelist and playwright, became a best-selling author with his first novel, 1953's A Kiss Before Dying. More thrilling works followed, including 1968's Rosemary's Baby and 1976's The Boys from Brazil, which were later turned into feature films. Levin served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1953 to 1955. After being discharged, he spent much of his time devoted to the theater. Levin enjoyed some success with his adaptation of Mac Hyman's humorous novel No Time for Sergeants. His own original works included the 1958 mystery Interlock, the comedy Critic's Choice, and the 1965 musical Drat! That Cat!, a comedy about a thief. He returned with another play, the mystery Dr. Cook's Garden, in 1967.

Veronica's Room features Janice Lynn (Woodland Park, NJ) as the Woman, Victor Gallo (North Caldwell, NJ) as the Man, Kelly Kline (South Plainfield, NJ), and Ross Pohling (Westwood, NJ). The creative team includes Jessica Foerst, [Stage Manager] (Westfield, NJ), William McMeekan [Scenic designer] (Scotch Plains, NJ), Doris Dias [Costumer] (Clark, NJ), James Dukelow [Lighting designer] (Westfield, NJ), Steve Lemenille [Lighting operator] (Clark, NJ), Glen Crane [Sound designer] (Westfield, NJ), Michael Bieber [Sound operator] (Westfield, NJ), JoAnne Lemenille [Properties Mistrss] (Clark, NJ), Kevin Coulson (Westfield, NJ) and Jean Lioy (Cranford, NJ) [Backstage].

Where: Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

Tickets: $20 adult; Students and Active Military personnel $10

Box Office: 908.232.1221 or http://www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/WCP_Veronica_tickets.html. Group discount of 10% given to groups of 20 or more.

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY PLAYERS (WCP), founded in 1934, has brought more than 200 comedies, dramas, musicals and mysteries to life on our stage. All productions are presented in our own 150 seat theater on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and North Avenue West in Westfield . With our productions, we continue to be part of the active cultural scene in Westfield and surrounding communities. WCP is also a member of NJACT and AACT.

WCP is committed to offering hands-on participation for those wishing to learn more about various aspects of live theatrical production and performance while providing a varied theater experience to a broad audience. We do that by actively seeking volunteers to keep our theater functioning, and by maintaining an open-casting policy where everyone can audition for all of our scheduled plays.

The key to our success and longevity is the hard work and dedication of our numerous volunteer members.