Botany. Ice. An undercurrent of violence. A luminous dissection of what makes us human and what lurks beneath our skins.
FROZEN is a delicate and unabashed excavation of the layers that construct our humanity.
Almost cinematic in its structure and intimacy - and surprisingly laced with humor, the play threads three seemingly disparate characters: Ralph, a pedophile serial killer; Agnetha, the psychologist studying him to better understand the origins and nature of extreme violence; and Nancy, the mother of one of his victims. This may sound like a soap opera stalked CSI into therapy, but the gruesome pulp of the violence, so popular in modern media, simply doesn't enter in. FROZEN centers not on the how of such grisly behavior, but on the remarkably human aspects of it.
Based on actual people and events (Bryony Lavery drew heavily on real-world sources for the mother and the psychologist as much as for Ralph, the killer). Much of the research presented in the play is ground-breaking, controversial, and currently changing the landscape of psychiatrics, law, neurology, and criminal psychology. Lavery has made public volatile but accurate data on the source of serial killing and other aggressively violent behavior: a combination of severe child abuse and physical injury to the frontal lobe. “Illness, not evil,” is responsible for most of the gruesome crimes we love to sensationalize.
Our culture has become increasingly, turbulently violent. Just last week in Seattle we were devastated by the senseless shooting of five people, including two beloved performers/musicians. Pain and disadvantage have become proud and public banners, rather than things to process, heal and fix. We isolate ourselves in our brokenness, and we look the other way when someone exposes a hurt. GESAMTKUNSTWERK believes in community, and we believe that awareness of others only increases our individual richness. We chose this play because it is a magnificent, fiery work, but we also chose it because we believe it might help us bridge the gaps in our unshared experiences.
FROZEN is not about one story. It dances through all three lives, tracing each character's isolation, stagnation, and eventual glittering resilience. The play may sound bleak on the surface, but it is magnetic, robust, beautiful.
Any theatre production incurs great costs not covered by ticket sales – space rental, production rights, rehearsal space, set materials, light, sound, costumes, props, publicity, and months of labor. We would love for you to consider partnering with us to make this project a success. Any amount we are lucky enough to reach over our goal (huzzah!) will go to paying and paying back the artists, who have donated unending time, significant talent, limitless energy, and often their own money so as to breathe life into this production.
It is an honor to work with such incandescent material, and we would like to make it available to as many people as possible. Join us in staging this magnificent show!
**ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!
More information on the show at http://www.facebook.com/events/466374890044581/.
GESAMTKUNSTWERK!... Blurring boundaries.
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Jun 13, 2012 - Jun 29, 2012
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(The Yurt. ) Sincere, Hearty thanks. Every dollar helps! YOU WILL RECEIVE: - A special thanks and shout out on our facebook page. - Your name will be made a permanent part of our FROZEN web page, listed under “ice-angels.”Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Igloo. ) Sincere, True thanks. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - A postcard written to you by one of the characters in the show and mailed to an address of your choosing. No two are alike! - A special thanks and shout out on our facebook page. - Your name will be made a permanent part of our FROZEN web page, listed under “ice-angels.”Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Ice Cave. ) Sincere, Heartfelt thanks. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - One ticket to the show on a night of your choice! - A personalized program waiting at the door for you. - A postcard written to you by one of the characters in the show and mailed to an address of your choosing. No two are alike! - A special thanks and shout out on our facebook page. - Your name will be made a permanent part of our FROZEN web page, listed under “ice-angels.”Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Ice Cave - LUXE EDITION. ) Sincere, Heartfelt thanks. With cookies. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $25 PLUS a personal postcard written by the character of your choice!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Underwater Iceberg Estate. ) Sincere, Deeply Appreciative thanks. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Two tickets to the show on a night of your choice! - Reserved V.I.P seating. - A personalized program waiting at the door for you.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Iceberg Estate - LUXE Edition. ) Sincere, Deeply Appreciative thanks. With cookies and milk. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $55 PLUS two complimentary beverages of choice at our in-house bar, THE CLINK.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Snow Summer Palace. ) Sincere, Deeply Grateful thanks. With tearful handshakes. And maybe a cat. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $65 PLUS - Two spots at our exclusive and explosive closing night party! There will be a champagne toast, delectable food, and a floorshow featuring rehearsal bloopers and other G!theatre delights. Come be one of the company for a night, and bring your program to be signed! - A photo with the director, stage manager and entire cast.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Ice-Pinnacle Diamond City. ) Sincere, Richly Expressed thanks.With tearful bows. And probably a violin player. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $100 PLUS - A DVD copy of the performance, with a special introduction recorded and addressed just for you by the director and cast. - Two V.I.P passes to our exclusive and explosive closing night party! There will be a champagne toast, delectable food, and a floorshow featuring rehearsal bloopers and other G!theatre delights. Come be one of the company for a night, and bring your program to be signed! - YOU get to decide the theme of one of the closing night party floorshow skits. Watch the actors breathe life into your whims... and double over with laughter! (includes a bow with the cast.) - Blooper footage included on your customized DVD.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Glimmering Realm of Arctic Morning. ) Sincere, Joyous, Worshipful thanks.With much bowing and scraping. And definitely some gold-plated marzipan. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $250 PLUS - You will be gifted a small piece of the set to take home with you on closing night. - Special, exclusive rehearsal footage, backstage footage, and a recorded tour of the set. - An annotated copy of the script (complete with cues, dramaturgical research, director's notes, designer sketches and image research and signed by the entire cast.) - A limited-edition, rare print of an alternative FROZEN poster, signed by the cast and crew.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(The Ageless Floating Glacier Mega-Kingdom. ) Sincere, Embarrassingly Ingratiating thanks.We probably create a false idol in your image and declare another new religion.Your choice of sacrificial bulls or brownies. YOU WILL RECEIVE: - Everything you get for $500 PLUS - A professional, full-day photoshoot for you and up to three of your friends and/or family; either on the FROZEN set or at Rustique studios, in a theme of your choosing and art directed by the director of FROZEN and G!'s Julia Bruk. *Oh my goshsicles – it's catered as well!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012