Ice Island Theatre Production

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September 19-28, 2013
Thursday - Saturday, Wednesday - Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinees, September 21 & 28, 2:00 pm
Blackbox Theatre

by Marjorie Duffield

Men wanted: for hazardous journey.
Small wages, bitter cold,
Long months of complete darkness,
Constant danger,
Safe return doubtful.
Hounor and recognition in case of success.
-Sir Ernest Shackleton

This was the advertisement for the Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition of 1914. Over 5000 men applied; 28 men were chosen. Marjorie Duffield's lyrical play is an imagining of the experience the men had on the ship The Endurance and their attempt to be the first to cross the pole.

I'm drawn to stories of explorers, pioneers and people who have the strength of heart to endure much. Whether their motivation is for themselves, for the advancement of humanity or for God and country; these are extraordinary people. I want to know them, spend some time with them and have a glimpse into their extraordinary lives.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica and we're honored to be telling a story that shines a light on the human spirit and on these men.

Ice Island Cast

Marianne Savell (Director)
Recent directing projects include Henry V (Belhaven), Bill W. & Dr. Bob (Fish Tale Group Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (Tidewater Stage, Virginia) and An Inspector Calls (Americana Theatre Company, Massachusetts). Marianne is an associate artist with Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, WA and was the Producing Director of Actors Co-op in Hollywood, CA. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is an Assistant Professor in the theatre department at Belhaven University.

Luis Ramirez (Scenic & Lighting Designer)
Luis began his professional career as resident designer at the Academy Theatre in Atlanta. His career as a scenic and lighting designer includes productions at Stage One in Louisville, The Body Politic Theatre in Chicago, Acacia Theatre Company in Milwaukee, Blues City Cultural Center in Memphis, and Saltworks Theatre Company in Pittsburgh. Luis earned his MFA degree in scene design from Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught on the theatre faculty at the University of Mississippi, Huntington University, Stephen F. Austin State University and East Texas Baptist University. He is an active member of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, and several of his designs were included in the World Stage Design Exhibition in Toronto in 2005.

Marjorie Duffield (Playwright)
Marjorie is a New York based librettist and playwright. Off-Broadway and regional credits include: Ice Island (The Melting Pot Theatre Company), Sit-In at the Five & Dime with composer Janice Lowe (New Harmony Project, Barrington Stage, Voice & Vision), In A Lake of Fire (Williamstheatre - winner of the Moss Hart Award and Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Awards) with composer Greg Pliska, and Cyber-Alice with composer Sunmee Cho (Lincoln Center Directors Lab at HERE). Marjorie is a graduate of Williams College and NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she was a Jacob Javits Fellow. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and recipient of the Dramatist Guild's Jonathan Larson Memorial Musical Theatre Fellowship. She is currently the Director of Upper School Theatre at the Calhoun School.

Director Marianne Savell
Scenic and Lighting Director Luis Ramirex, Guest Artist
Fight Director Stewart Hawley
Costume Designer Murphy Wilson
Original Music Greg Pliska
Stage Manager Maggie Hollis
Technical Director Kris Deitrich
Assistant Manager James Kenyon
Green John Alford
Wordie Craig Fairbanks
Hurley Eric Henderson
Blackborrow Daniel Jones
Crean Thaddeus Morris
Wild Ethan Polson
Worsley Tymothe Thompson, Jr.


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