Broadway's Frozen to Reach San Francisco During 2005-06

News   Broadway's Frozen to Reach San Francisco During 2005-06 Frozen, the Bryony Lavery play which transferred from Off-Broadway to Broadway in April, will be part of the 2005-06 season at San Francisco's Curran Theater. Doug Hughes, who helmed the work in New York, will also man the west coast premiere.

No casting has been announced. On Broadway, Swoosie Kurtz, Brian O'Byrne and Laila Robins star. Both Kurtz and O'Byrne were nominated for Tony Awards, as was Hughes and the play itself.

The play's brief preview period on Broadway began on April 28, just two weeks after it ended a praised MCC run Off-Broadway. It opened on May 4.

MCC, which chose to back the venture itself rather than go with commercial Broadway producers, is the leading producer of the production, with some MCC board members also playing producing roles. Frozen is the first commercial Broadway transfer in the nonprofit's history. Wit, another MCC show, almost made it to Broadway, but eventually settled into a long run at the Union Square Theatre.

The complete list of producers: MCC Theatre (Robert Lupone, Bernard Telsey, artistic directors; William Cantler, associate artistic director; John G. Schultz, executive director), Harold Newman, Zollo/Paleologos & Jeffrey Sine, Roy Gabay, Lorie Cowen Levy & Beth Smith, Thompson H. Rogers, Swinsky/ Filerman/ Hendel, Sirkin/Mills/Baldassare and Darren Bagert.

Frozen connects the lives of three strangers involved in a child's disappearance: the mother of the child (Kurtz), the kidnapper (O'Byrne) and an American academic studying serial killers (Robins). Frozen was Lavery's first work to get a production at the prestigious National Theatre and is the British playwright's most significant stage success to date. Hughes directs the trio of actors on a nearly bare stage. Each character frequently speaks directly to the audience, in a series of aria-like scenes. Later on in the drama, the characters interact.

Laila Robins, Swoosie Kurtz, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Sam Kitchin in the Broadway production of <i>Frozen</i>
Laila Robins, Swoosie Kurtz, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Sam Kitchin in the Broadway production of Frozen Photo by Dixie Sheridan