Mary Apick’s Beneath the Veil Comes to the Kennedy Center

August 28, 2009, Washington, D.C. – Renowned Iranian American actress and director Mary Apick has been a cultural icon in the Iranian and Iranian American artistic community for nearly three decades. Apick has often focused her attention on more socially conscious projects that deal with difficult social and political issues facing Iranian culture. With that in mind, Apick is bringing her powerful play entitled Beneath the Veil to Washington D.C.’s very own Kennedy Center on October 8th. According to Ilene Proctor, “Beneath the Veil is first and foremost a gritty glimpse into how women cope with stresses that are at once personal, cultural and political, anxieties that cause deep problems with no easy answers.”Apick, who began her career as a child actor, quickly rose to the status of a pop icon in 1970’s Iran. In 1977, Apick became the first Iranian woman to win the Best Actress award at the 10th Annual Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the feature film Dead End. Since moving to the United States, Apick has been actively involved in a variety of projects including roles in The Mission and Checkpoint, starring in NBC’s miniseries On Wings of Eagles, and producing the MGM feature, Mind Games.

Apick’s most recent project, Beneath the Veil, is a play that chronicles a group of very different women—all bound together, for better or worse, by the traditional Muslim headpiece. Written by Apick and Ginger Perkins, Beneath the Veil attempts to tackle the schism that often exists between secular and political ideologies.

Click here to view details of Beneath the Veil at the Kennedy Center

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