The St. Mary’s University Drama program will present The Rimers of Eldritch, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Landford Wilson’s gripping play about a declining mining town in middle America inhabited by characters frustrated with their lives but fearful of change.
At its core, The Rimers of Eldritch is an examination about how lies can transform into truth and explores the blurred line between what happens, what we say happens, and what is remembered for years to come.
Led by Joe-Norman Shaw, the production comes to life through a talented cast of St. Mary’s University students who do an outstanding job of bringing to life the often coarse character’s inhabiting Wilson’s dreary 1950’s town.
The uniqueness of the Heritage Centre performance space at St. Mary’s lends itself well to sense of claustrophobic atmosphere of the town of Eldritch and will provide audience members an immersive experience by being so close to the performance.
Magaly Maria Gil Orellana is fantastic as the semi-senile Mary Windrod, who has troubles distinguishing between her dreams and reality. The emotion Gil Orellana is able to convey on her face and the subtle nuances of her performance are sure to captivate those in attendance.
Emily Dumontier as the crippled Eva and Raymond Mergen as Robert have compelling chemistry together on the stage. The way the two are able to escalate the tension enroute to the dramatic climax of the play is extremely well captured by the two St. Mary’s students who truly seem to embody their characters and have visible chemistry on stage.
The Rimers of Eldritch will begin its three-night run in the Heritage Centre on the St. Mary’s campus beginning on March 22 with shows running nightly beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase online at https://stmu.ca/event/the-rimers-of-eldritch-2018 and can also be purchased before each show at the door.