‘Frozen’: A Forgivable Killer?

There is no cookie-cutter mold for the average serial killer, nor is there just one way to cope with the loss of a loved one who has been murdered by one. If you had the chance to come face-to-face with a serial killer who murdered a close friend or family member, could you accept his crimes as a product of a troubled psychological history? Or would you reject any notions of forgiveness, instead opting for ‘an eye for an eye’?
In the stark and unromantic setting of an anonymous industrial park, The Hunger Artists Theatre Company and director Jeremy Gable present Bryony Lavery’s Tony-nominated ‘Frozen’ in Fullerton through Sunday, May 27. The minimalist nature of ‘Frozen’ means it can be performed anywhere there is relative quiet, three chairs, three actors and some lights.
Over the course of two acts, comprising 32 scenes, the audience watches as the stories of killer Ralph Wantage (Scott Manuel Johnson) American psychologist Agnetha Gottmundsdottir (Kate Chidester) and Nancy Shirley (Jill Cary Martin), the mother of the murdered girl, progress and eventually intersect toward the end.
The inevitability of the three characters’ eventual confrontations creates built-in anticipation,