Enter ‘Veronica’s Room,’ if you dare...

Oct 12, 2017 by

Ruth Bogdan, Reporter for The Bradford Era

From left are Skyler Schapp, Aline Wintermantel, Barry Fitzgerald and Talia Van Druff, the four performers in the Bradford Little Theatre production of “Veronica’s Room.” The psychological thriller will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Togi’s Playhouse on Welch Avenue.

When Charlotte YerpeStock of Salamanca, N.Y., came across the script for “Veronica’s Room” while working on a different project, “It was so riveting, I wanted to read the whole thing.” YerpeStock thought at the time, “If I got the opportunity to direct this, it would be really fun and challenging.” The next day, she received an email from Bradford Little Theatre looking for ideas for its 21st season.

That season kicks off this weekend with the psychological drama “Veronica’s Room,” just in time to get local adults into the Halloween spirit. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Togi’s Playhouse on Welch Avenue.

The play was written by Ira Levin, author of the novels “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Stepford Wives.”

The journey begins with two elderly caretakers of an old New England mansion enticing a young couple to meet the sole surviving member of the mansion’s family. The young woman is asked to pose as the family member’s dead sister, Veronica.

“It dives into some very dark issues,” YerpeStock said of the play. While the play is open to viewers 13 and over, she said it may be more appropriate for people 16 and older.

“It’s supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you uncomfortable,” she explained, though she added that it’s the kind of uncomfortable — and scary — that audiences often look for at Halloween.

The play has a cast of four: two men and two women.

The play is “a big departure from my normal music-oriented performances,” said Barry Fitzgerald of Allegany, N.Y.

Fitzgerald said his character is simply referred as “Man,” but his identity — and that of the other characters, “Woman,” “Young Woman” and “Young Man” — is slowly, shockingly revealed through the play’s twisting plot.

“There are a few places you will squirm,” Fitzgerald said.

He is joined by Talia Van Druff of Angelica, N.Y., playing “Woman”; Aline Wintermantel of Allegany playing “Young Woman”; and Skyler Schapp of Randolph, N.Y., playing “Young Man.”

The play is not like any Van Druff has performed in. “It’s not the type of show that’s usually done around here,” she said, explaining that it is “darker” and more “suspenseful” than what local audiences usually have the chance to watch. “There’s just a lot of twists and turns. Just when you think you know what is going on, you don’t.”

The old mansion set looks well-placed in the former church building that now holds the theater. Bradford Little Theatre member Chelsea Place agreed. “This is a great space for any intimate show” — such as “Veronica’s Room.” Tickets are still available for all three performances, and they will be sold at the door, if still available. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Seating is general admission, and doors will open 30 minutes before the show.

People can reserve tickets by calling Place at 814-598-9956, or they can purchase them at Togi’s Restaurant or Graham’s Florist.

Originally posted in The Bradford Era: http://www.bradfordera.com/news/enter-veronica-s-room-if-you-dare/article_209ae252-aefa-11e7-b562-8722ac9f8e8a.html