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In Performance: The National Theater of the United States of America’s The Golden Veil (NYC)

The National Theater of the United States of America’s
The Golden Veil
The Kitchen
May 31-June 16 @8pm
Tickets $20

The Golden Veil is a gothic parlor spectacle that tells, in multiple iterations, the familiar tale of a poor shepherdess seduced and abandoned by a would-be inventor. Part pastoral ballet and part backwoods jamboree, part Punch-and-Judy show and part forlorn testimony, part bleak exposé of the lives of the rural poor and part celebration of their lovely handicrafts, The Golden Veil conjures the intimacy of a séance and the abandon of a hootenanny.

In the NTUSA’s inimitable style, The Golden Veil recounts a violent and lusty revenge fantasy, unfolding via the traditional domestic arts of reading aloud, singing along, making faces, charades and parlor tricks. Through the telling and retelling of the story, the play explores the ways that we use narrative to render the painful picturesque while it prods the perverse underbelly of our nostalgia for “simpler times.”

The Golden Veil is performed by Jesse Hawley, Matt Kalman, Ean Sheehy and Maggie Robinson, with help from Normandy Sherwood and Tavish Miller. Music performed by James Stanley, Nick Demopoulos, Catherine McRae and Jeremy Wilms. The creative team includes Normandy Sherwood (writer and designer), James Stanley (director and designer), Jesse Hawley (composer and designer), Ben Kato (lighting designer), Cooper Gardner (sound design), Jody Elff (sonic manipulations), Nick Demopoulos (music director), Tavish Miller (assistant director) and Kate Dial (stage manager).

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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