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Director Nykkie Rizley talks up cast of ‘Veronica’s Room’


Veronica's Room 06How do you follow cult classics such as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror and Sordid Lives. If you’re Lab Theater, you get dark, dirty and downright disturbing. So on October 20, The Lab brings to the stage Veronica’s Room, a nasty little mystery thriller by Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin that explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder.

Nykkie Rizley directs a cast consisting of Dave Rode, Aricka Shuck, Steven Coe and Kate Dirrigl. It’s a cast she picked with exquisite care.

VR Promo 7LDave Rode has this ability to go from one emotion to another, one persona to another, so fluidly, so effortlessly…it’s like magic,” Rizley observes. “Aricka Shuck is someone who can be bold and transparent, exposed while hiding. Her portrayal of The Woman is the epitome of an overly emotional sociopath. She is terrifying and beautifully broken all at the same time.”

SVR Promo 4Lteven Coe plays the part of The Boy. “If you never knew that creepy could be sexy, then you’ve never met Steven Coe,” Rizley adds. “He’s a dangerous compilation of good looks, charm, wit, and mysterious intentions.”

“And Kate Dirrigl, who is absolutely fearless on stage, is able to hold true to Susan’s candy-coated outlook with a fragile heart,” says Rizley. “She astonishingly delivers a soul-shattering VR Promo 3Lperformance that would make Mia Farrow’s skin crawl off.”

“I unquestioningly adore them all,” Nykkie Rizley sums up.

October 12, 2017.


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