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Mariel Neto in Caryl Churchill’s The Skryker

Mariel Neto in Caryl Churchill’s The Skryker

: Mariel Neto in "The Skryker". Photo by Jyh-Lurn Chang ©2012.

A “haunted” Mariel Neto [TH ’09] is featured in the cast of Caryl Churchill’s The Skryker in a new production by Janice Findley

A “haunted” Mariel Neto [TH ’09] is featured in the cast of Caryl Churchill’s The Skryker in a new production by Janice Findley.

Always given to toying with time, consciousness and alternate realities, playwright Caryl Churchill has produced a work in The Skryker that lives somewhere in the vicinity of horror-fantasy-meets-social-realism; it is, in the Stranger’s view, “as if Maurice Sendak had written Rosemary’s Baby.” It is a mesmerizing world in which we meet the Skriker, a shape-shifting, wish-granting faerie of English folklore who attaches itself to travelers on the road. Abroad in a twisted version of modern-day London, the being becomes obsessed with two teenaged runaways, Josie, played by Cornish grad Mariel Neto, and Lily, played by Jessica Martin.

Mariel has appeared in many shows here in Seattle and around the country. In Seattle, she has been seen at ACT in Celebration and Sketches, and at Azeotrope Theatre in Red Light Winter. She has also been seen at the Milwaukie Rep, California Shakespeare Company, The Schoolyard, Stone Soup and On the Boards, to name a few.

In a production of her own company at the Erickson Theatre, Janice Findley brings together a cast headed by veteran actress Mary Ewald and renowned choreographer Pat Graney.

The production has garnered positive reviews. “Janice Findley’s moody direction, and Pat Graney’s unnerving choreography, this production echoes the darker telltale heart beating inside the play,” writes The Stranger. The Seattle Times writes, “This Capitol Hill show’s high ambitions embrace the wonders and ironies in Churchill’s mysterious, volatile circus.”

The Skryker plays at the Erickson Theater Off Broadway, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 11. More Information.


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