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Theatre Department Presents "Frozen," an Emotional Play About the Aftermath of a Serial Killing

Theatre flyer for the play "Frozen"

The Theatre and Dance Department’s first production of the 2011-12 season, Frozen by Bryony Lavery, opens tomorrow night for a five-performance run through the weekend. 

The three-person drama is about an American forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Agnetha Gootmundsdottir (Roxanne Cook PI ‘13), who travels to London to examine a serial killer (Neel Sood ‘15) imprisoned for the murder of Mrs. Nancy Shirley’s (Angelica Townsend ‘13) young daughter. The play, which non-chronologically crisscrosses a 20-year period in the lives of the characters, looks for answers to difficult questions: Is serial killing a forgivable act? Can we forgive but not forget?

“This is not an easy play to watch or produce,” says Director and Professor of Theatre Betty Bernhard. “Tears were shed in rehearsal. At times, the tension was overwhelming. However, as we worked on Frozen, it became imperative to find that seal hole and dive into the dramatically challenging script. What remains after Ralph’s emotional glacier unfreezes? Can Nancy Shirley forgive him? Could we?” (Visit the Theatre Department's website for a video interview with Bernhard.)

Frozen was first performed in England in 1998. A reviewer for The London Independent wrote, “the almost thriller-like promise of the play‟s climactic confrontation is like a time-bomb ticking in the back of your head.” It opened in New York in 2004 and was nominated that year for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Brian F. O’Byrne).

Please note the play does contain coarse language and adult themes. Frozen will be performed at the Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont) from Thursday, October 6, through Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 for students, staff, faculty and seniors. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain time. You can reach the box office at (909) 607-4375.