The Golden Veil
The Kitchen, 2012
"[The Golden Veil] is a piece of theatre that entertains like the best kind of bedtime story"
Bess Rowen, The Huffington Post
"Organized chaos, wry irony and shrewd intelligence all flow through Normandy Raven Sherwood's The Golden Veil... a cunning meditation on the iniquities of gender bias."
Andy Propst, The Village Voice
"Masterfully realized...[The Golden Veil] achieves an extraordinary depth of feeling, created not so much by logic as it is with sheer theatricality...an amazing feat."
Dmitry Zvonkov, Stage and Cinema
Written by Normandy Sherwood
Directed by James Stanley
Songs by Jesse Hawley
Designed by NTUSA
Lights by Ben Kato
Sound by Cooper Gardener
Sonic Maniplations by Jody Elff
Music Director Nick Demopoulos
Stage Managed by Kate Dial
Featuring Jesse Hawley, Matt Kalman, Tavish Miller, Maggie Robinson, Ean Sheehy, and Normandy Sherwood - plus Golden Veil band members Nick Demopoulos, Catherine McRae, James Stanley and Jeremy Wilms
The Golden Veil was a musical gothic parlor spectacle that told, 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 conjured the intimacy of a séance and the abandon of a hootenanny. In the NTUSA’s inimitable style, The Golden Veil explored the ways that we use narrative to render the painful picturesque as it prods at the perverse underbelly of our nostalgia for “simpler times.”