Starring Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire, Jersey Boys), Cecilia Flagg, Sonja Mauro
The award winning three-character play premiered at Birmingham in 1998 to rave reviews during the apex of controversial new research in the fields of neuroscience & psychopathology. FROZEN was revived by On the Road Repertory Company in 2014, with its founder, Alice Spivak directing Sonja Mauro, Cecilia Flagg, and Vincent Piazza in its month-long run.
Written by Bryony Lavery, FROZEN, borrows directly from the work of Dr. Dorothy Lewis, then Psychiatry Chair at New York University School of Medicine. Lewis successfully proved the inextricable link between emotional & physical damage of the prefrontal cortex to violent crime. Such findings derailed the “notion of pure evil,” as sufficient basis for categorizing sociopathic tendencies.
Enter: DR. AGNETHA GUTTMUNDSDOTTIR (Sonja Mauro), a character loosely but controversially based on Dr. Lewis, whose research takes her to London where she must mine the interiors of a serial killer’s brain in order to corroborate evidence that his inability to control violent urges are in fact “crimes of illness, not evil.” RALPH, played by Vincent Piazza, is suffering from an aberration of the brain, and subsequently, it is that which compels him to kill.
Recent controversy surrounding our judicial and correctional systems, psychological health management, and ongoing battle over gun control places FROZEN at the intersection of a nation, divided.
More about OnTheRoad Repertory Company:
Founded in 2012 by premiere acting coach and company artistic director, Alice Spivak, the company’s mission is to create an ensemble of players producing revivals and original plays in New York City. The plays are rehearsed in depth and kept in their repertoire.
The company was inspired by, and founded in collaboration with, Alice’s professional acting students.