UC Riverside Presents ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’

Play by Charles Evered to be performed at UCR

Charles Evered at the Latchmere Theatre, on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Battersea, where his play “Knock Knock” was being performed. Photo Courtesy Fiona Hanson/AP

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production presents “Wilderness of Mirrors,” a play by UC Riverside professor and playwright, Charles Evered. There will be seven performances — the dates include Thursday, May 5, to Saturday, May 7, and Thursday, May 12, to Saturday, May 14. The performances will be held at the UCR Studio Theatre located in Arts 113.

Admission is free for all UCR students, $14 for the general public, $12 for non-UCR students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens, and children. Advance ticket purchases are available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-up tickets will also be available at the ARTS Building Ticket Office one hour before the show. Performances are open to the public; parking will cost $5.50 in Lot 1.

A spine-tingling tale involving the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1940s, “Wilderness of Mirrors” explores the conflict that arises between an elusive Yale professor, intent on recruiting spies for the war effort, and his prize student.

“‘Wilderness of Mirrors’ is the first in a trilogy of plays I wrote about spies and spying,” explained Evered. “The world of spying has always fascinated me, and when I was a student at Yale I read a lot of history about the men and women from that institution that served during the various wars. Their dedication and exemplary service always inspired me, and I hope my play reflects some of that.”


Wilderness of Mirrors

Wilderness of Mirrors

Evered earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark, and his M.F.A degree from Yale University. He has won several awards for his writing including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and The Crawford Playwriting Award. Among his plays are “Running Funny” (the premiere featured Paul Giamatti), “Billy and Dago” (the New York premiere featured Scott Cohen), and “The Size of the World” (premiere featured Liev Schreiber). He has written screenplays for studios like Universal Pictures, NBC, Dreamworks, and Paramount Pictures. Evered’s produced film and television credits include an episode of Monk titled “Mr. Monk and the Leper,” starring Tony Shalhoub. He wrote and directed the feature film “Adopt a Sailor,” starring Emmy winners Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth. “Adopt a Sailor” was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals, premiering on Showtime. His second feature, “A Thousand Cuts,” was nominated for a Saturn Award and starred Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe. Evered’s most recent film, “Out,” starred Gloria LeRoy and had its world premiere at the Newport Film Festival. His short play, “Knock, Knock,” premiered in London at Theatre503. His most recent play, “An Actor’s Carol,” premiered in California last December and starred Tony and Emmy winner Hal Linden. Evered’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets.

The play will be directed by Keun Pyo (Root) Park, professor of directing and film production at UCR. Park was born in South Korea and has a M.F.A. in radio, television, and film from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to UCR, Park taught film and video production at the University of Iowa and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His narrative and documentary short films, such as “Wake,” “Starry Night,” “Prayer Wish,” and “The LA Riots 1992: Reflection on Our Future,” have screened at venues worldwide, including Cannes International Film Festival, Asian American Film Festivals, and Slamdance. His most recent shorts, “The Years” and Eric Barr’s “A Piece of My Mind,” are on the film festival circuit including New York No Limits Film Series, Jozi Film Festival in South Africa, and Riverside International Film Festival 2015 in Riverside, California.

Bella Merlin, professor of acting and directing at UCR, will play the role of Susan, the Yale professor’s wife in “Wilderness of Mirrors.” She recently published the book, “Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright,” which was named a top 10 book for professional actors in the United Kingdom’s “The Stage” magazine. Acting credits include seasons at the National Theatre, London, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival, as well as BBC TV and Radio. Directing credits include “The Merchant of Venice” (Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring at UC Davis) and “Three Sisters” (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). Merlin also appeared in her one-person play, “Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution,” at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2015.

Miles Anderson  will play the role of Robert Conlon, the Yale professor, in “Wilderness of Mirrors.” He has been an actor for 45 years, appearing at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Old Globe San Diego and numerous West End appearances. His recent television appearances include “Constantine,” “Battle Creek” and “Musketeers.” Directing credits include “The Revengers Tragedy” at James Madison University, “Tilly No-Body Catastrophes of Love” with Bella Merlin at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and “The Grapes of Wrath” at UC Davis. He is also a two-time winner of the Noel Craig San Diego Critics’ Best Actor in a Lead Role Award.

“This is a great opportunity to share the play with my colleagues and students at UCR, and to have such a fantastic cast led by two brilliant veterans – Miles, and Bella – is every playwright’s dream. It’s also a pleasure to collaborate with Root, as we’ve wanted to work together for some time,” said Evered.

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