The one-night-only performance of “Beneath the Veil” at the Alex Theatre March 11 was a powerful tribute to the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Several hundred theater-goers attended.
Mary Apick, the production’s producer, director and co-writer, was one of Iran’s most popular stars. She brings her considerable talents to the play, which presents vignettes of women who have suffered under Islamic culture in Iran.
“I carry the voices of all these women in my heart and soul, and I will never leave them behind, no matter where I live,” said Apick. After the Iranian revolution, Apick was forced to flee Iran “because of fundamental extremists” and settled in the United States.
“Beneath the Veil” was presented in association with the Armenian American Medical Society’s Ladies Auxiliary. Ramella Markarian was busy behind the scenes as president of the Auxiliary and chairwoman of the “Beneath the Veil” Organizing Committee. Other presenting organizations were Glendale Arts, YWCA of Glendale and the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women. Commission Chairwoman Paula Devine attended with husband Art Devine.