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Spotlight on ‘The Girl’ in ‘Veronica’s Room,’ Kate Dirrigl


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. And playing the part of The Girl is Kate Dirrigl.

Kate made her Lab Theater debut in its 2016 production of Jeff Goode’s highly-satirical The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, in VR Promo 3Lwhich she played Dancer, a ditzy, adorably clueless Jewish ex-ballerina who found refuge at the North Pole after it became illegal and unsafe for reindeer to dance the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and the other classics back in the day. Then she returned to The Lab as a blond-haired, blue-eyed shiksa girlfriend in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews. The stage direction included in Harmon’s script describes Melody as “like someone who would have been abducted when she was nine but returned to her parents unharmed.” Vacuous to a fault, when asked what type of a name Melody is, she answers, “Oh, I don’t know, Caucasian?”

DVR Promo 5Lirrigl then appeared in Wings, where she reprised the role of Amy, a miraculously patient, uber-competent therapist who establishes a close rapport with stroke veteran Emily Stilson and members of her speech therapy group. She really shined in last season’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo, where she portrayed sweetly soft-spoken Wellesley student Sunny Freitag.

Kate has a B.A. degree in theater performance from the University of Texas Pan American, where she was involved in numerous plays, including Arsenic and Old Lace (in which she played Elaine Harper), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (in VR Promo 4Lwhich she played Cecile Volanges) and Peter Pan (where she was both Captain Hook and Mrs. Darling). When she is not center stage, she’s still at Lab working full-time as its Artistic Associate.

October 9, 2017.


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