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Sopris Theatre Company's Irish Ghost Story 'The Veil' Offers Break From Holiday Cheer

Nov 27, 2019

Peyton “Pax” Wild, Brendan T. Cochran, Chip Winn Wells, and Jeff Carlson in rehearsal for Sopris Theatre Company's new production "The Veil"
Credit Scot Gerdes

A defrocked priest, a haunted house, a séance and a girl forced into marriage to save her mother’s estate -- these are all part of Sopris Theatre Company’s new production “The Veil.”

Director Tom Cochran admits the19th century Irish ghost story is perhaps more fitting for Halloween than the holiday season. But, he says, it’s also a human story. 

"It's not a thriller, it's not a horror movie type of thing. It is a tale of people experiencing things they don’t understand," he said.

 

In “The Veil,” a 17-year old girl with extrasensory awareness is forced into marriage by her mother in order to pay off the family’s debts.

 

Cochran, who’s been a part of Sopris Theatre Company since the 70s, says the play offers unique technical and acting challenges because of some of the supernatural elements. 

 

He says Colorado Mountain College students and community members take the stage together for all the company’s productions. 

"It’s really a wonderful situation, both for the community and the actors," he said.  

“The Veil” opens Saturday. It runs through Dec. 8 at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus.