Eastenders Repertory Company
Directed by Susan E. Evans
Kim A. Tolman's set design hits on various metaphorical strains with some wonderfully nuanced accents. She contains each character on his or her own blue mini-stage situated on the main stage, each of which vaguely resembles an ice floe. A diagonal line of blank book pages crossing the stage's back wall signals time passing, while forgiveness seems to burst wildly but just out of reach as a cloud of oversized white flowers hanging high overhead.
...wonderfully evocative set by Kim A. Tolman.
Frozen has been involved in a controversy of its own. As source material for Frozen, Lavery credited the work of Marian Partington, the sister of a victim of serial killers and part of England's Forgiveness Project. She failed to credit another major source and was subsequently accused of plagiarizing a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, as well as that article's subject (an autobiography entitled Guilty By Reason Of Insanity by Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis about her experiences treating serial killers). The controversy was resolved without litigation, and the playwright has since confessed that she naively interpreted Gladwell's article as just news; she has since asserted that she really wanted her text to be "accurate." Gladwell wrote an amazing follow-up article, also in The New Yorker, in which he said he found the play "breathtaking" and that, rather than resenting the borrowing of his words, he "felt that they had become part of some grander cause."
Frozen had its Bay Area premiere at Marin Theatre Company in January 2007. A finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and nominated for four
Tony Awards including Best Play, Frozen was the fourth most-produced play in the United States in 2005-2006.
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