By Bryony Lavery
One evening ten-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis: "Serial Killing—A Forgivable Act?" Then there's Ralph, a loner who's looking for some distraction. Angry, humane, and compassionate, Frozen is an extraordinary play that entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse, and change, after an act that would seem to rule them out entirely.
[RECOMMENDED FOR AN ADULT AUDIENCE]
"…[a] fine play…so concentrated and unflinching that at times it takes your breath away." —Observer (London).
"A major play…thrilling, humane and timely."—Times (London).
"Consistently surprising and even bravely comic…The almost thriller-like promise of the play's climactic confrontation is like a time-bomb ticking in the back of your head." —Independent (London).
Tony Award Nominee for Best Play in 2004.
Directed by Will King /// Recall, Titus Andronicus, Rhinoceros, Fever/Dream, and Mercury Fur. ///
Nancy McAlear as Nancy /// A Christmas Carol, Hello Dolly! (Citadel Theatre), Frankenstein**(Catalyst / CanStage / Persephone / Theatre Calgary / The Cultch / Yukon Arts / Keyano) Murderers Confess at Christmastime (Outside the March), Misery* (Theatre Network), The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Studio Theatre), Lobster Alice* (Atlas Theatre). /// **Winner, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Actress in a supporting role) *Nominee, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Actress in a leading role)
Madryn McCabe as Agnetha /// Recall, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rhinoceros (Seven Siblings Theatre), Cousins of Corsica (Springworks Festival), Wyrd Sisters (Socratic Theatre Collective), Copy (Two Chips Theatre Group), A Funny Thing Happened… (Acorn Theatre). ///
Scott McCulloch as Ralph /// Titus Andronicus, The Play About the Baby (Seven Siblings Theatre), The Things We Do For Love, A Guy Named Joe (Odyssey Theatre), Loot (Bygone Theatre), The Trial of Judith K (Thought for Food), Richard II (Secret Shakespeare), Three Sisters (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective), Time Stands Still (Leroy Street Theatre). ///
*This production is engaged under a C.A.E.A. Artist Collective Policy.*
Director: Will King
Stage Manager: Chin Palipane
Dialect Coach: Margaret Hild
Live Sound Design: Will King
Lighting Design: Chin Palipane
Produced by: Madryn McCabe and Will King
Associate Produced by: Liz Whitbread
All performances will be held at the b current studio theatre, which is located in the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St #251, Toronto). Patrons will enter through the south entrance of the building. The theatre is located on the 2nd floor. There is no late admission for this performance.