The Phoenix Theatre is producing the regional premiere of David Rambo’s The Ice-Breaker about romance and global warming. The production is part of a “rolling world premiere” through the National New Play Network.
Rambo, staff writer for CBS’ CSI, has crafted a play about Sonia, a young climatology Ph.D. student on the verge of a momentous discovery: She thinks she has discovered the secret to the pattern of global warming. What she postulates could help to save the environment. On a work assignment in Greenland, she finds a famous geologist’s journal frozen in ice, and she thinks that what he has discovered could help confirm her data. But after a brilliant career, Lawrence, the geologist, has virtually disappeared. Sonia tracks him down in the desert, where he’s living as a recluse and teaching classes in Native American pottery at the local college. Sonia begins by asking Lawrence to read her dissertation, but soon they begin a passionate affair. Sonia discovers why Lawrence has left the field of science, and tries to convince him to return to civilization.
The Ice-Breaker will be performed in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix Theatre July 13-July 30. Performances are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Single tickets are $25, $15 for those 24 and under. During CheapSeats week, July 13-16, all seats are $15. To purchase tickets, call the Phoenix, 749 N. Park Ave., 317-635-PLAY.
Theatre on the Square’s Young Artists will present the Indianapolis community theater premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA. The hit Broadway show tells the classic tale of love between a soldier and an enslaved princess. The show won four Tonys including Best Original Score for composer Elton John (The Lion King, Lestat) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita).
Shows are July 14-29, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations may be made by calling the box office, 627 Massachusetts Ave., at 317-685-TOTS.