EN(LIVE)N Productions to Stage Toronto Premiere of FROZEN, Begin. 4/1
In a production that twists theatrical expectations, FROZEN, the controversial and award-winning play by Bryony Lavery, makes its Toronto debut. This environmental interpretation from director Andrew Freund, staged in a former coffin factory, travels to dark destinations after horrific circumstances unhinge three individuals.
Nancy retreats into a state of frozen hope after her ten-year-old daughter goes missing. Agnetha, the American academic, travels to England to research her thesis: "Serial Killing: A Forgiveable Act?" And then there's Ralph, a loner who seeks distraction from his base urges. FROZEN poetically entwines these three lives in this bold and intimate staging, in order to explore our human capacity for forgiveness, remorse and change after an act that seems to rule them out entirely. "Tragedy allows us to experience the darker things in life without having to live through them," observes director Freund.
The play stars Lavetta Griffin as Nancy, Peter Nelson as Ralph and Lynn Zeelenberg as Agnetha with Alexander Saridag as the Guard. FROZEN is directed by Andrew Freund and stage managed by Mel Watkins. The design team includes settings by Natalia Tcherniak, costumes by Claire McMillan, lighting by Eric Sullivan and sound by Dave Fitzpatrick.
Lavetta Griffin's credits include The Adventures of a Professional Corpse (Bent Spoon) and Visitations (The Mission Business). Peter Nelson has performed in The Rice Queen of Cabbagetown (Gay Play Day), Little Crickets at SummerWorks (Foundry Theatre Company) and appeared in the recurring role of Vincent in series Dark Rising on Superchannel. Lynn Zeelenberg has acted in The Golden Age (Village Playhouse) and Pseudolus (Cabbagetown Theatre) in addition to directing It All Leads to the Lemon Scene (Alumnae's New Ideas Festival/Avant-Garde Festival of New York).
Andrew Freund has spent one season at the Shaw Festival which included assistant director of Man and Superman by Shaw and four seasons at the Stratford Festival including assistant director of Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley. His credits include The Voysey Inheritance (Amicus Productions), Vote by Ballot (Shaw Festival Director's Project) and An Evening of One Act Plays: Together/Apart and Farewell to the Theatre (Vox Theatrix Co-Op).
EN(LIVE)N Productions is a Toronto-based company aiming to expand what is seen as theatrical by exploring alternate venues and stagings of contemporary works to create more intimate and realistic theatre. The company's focus is on outside-the-box, unconventional approaches that delve into the human condition. Our production history includes the Toronto premiere of Christopher Shinn's Pulitzer-nominated Dying City, staged at Jare's Place Bed and Breakfast in July 2011. EN(LIVE)N Productions' motto is: "Question everything. Don't be afraid of drama."
$25 general admission; $20 for advance Pay-What-You-Can Mondays & previews
Purchase online at http://frozen.brownpapertickets.com/
The Box Toronto Studio and Theatre
103-89 Niagara Street
Previews: April 1 and April 4 @ 8pm
April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 @ 8pm
April 20 @ 2pm