The Ice Treatment

Left behind on the garbage heap of history and misremembered by everyone (herself included), the world’s most infamous Olympic figure skater struggles to reinvent herself as a screenwriter by pitching the blockbuster screenplay of her own amazing life story. Armed with an old VHS video camera, two actors she hired off Craigslist, plastic fashion dolls, and homemade model ice rinks, she remakes her past by...
Left behind on the garbage heap of history and misremembered by everyone (herself included), the world’s most infamous Olympic figure skater struggles to reinvent herself as a screenwriter by pitching the blockbuster screenplay of her own amazing life story. Armed with an old VHS video camera, two actors she hired off Craigslist, plastic fashion dolls, and homemade model ice rinks, she remakes her past by transforming it into the best sports movie you’ve never seen. She’s reclaiming her life story and she isn't going to let facts get in the way of what she knows to be true: She’s the hero.
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The Ice Treatment

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  • Hugh Moffatt:
    3 May. 2019
    I was at the reading at the Ingram New Works Festival in 2015 and at the premier by Actors Bridge in 2016 with the brilliant Rachel Agee in the lead role. This is an amazing play. All that you think it might be from reading the synopsis and the other recommendations is true and more. Anyone producing plays professionally today needs to read this. As a comedy floating on the insight and heartbreak of the story, this play is one of the funniest pieces I've ever seen. Your audiences will love it and want to see it more than once.
  • Jonathan Alexandratos:
    12 Nov. 2017
    So I literally carried this play around with me for weeks. Like, the printed script. I'd read it in restaurants. I'd read it on trains. On buses. I'd read it *to* people. I'd finish it, and then start again. It's that. Damn. Good. Here, Eppler gives us a gift of a play, filled with vast humanity artfully compressed into an object, or a moment, or a line. The arc of this play, centering around the brilliantly crafted Blondie, feels as natural as can be. You're along for her ride, and you're happy to be there. This play is genius.
  • Andrew Kramer:
    27 Apr. 2017
    I've been lucky enough to experience this play pretty intimately for a while now, and I'll say this: I think about it almost every single day. And it's impossible not to. Punching you with a dangerous cocktail of hysterical laughs and devastating psychological place making, THE ICE TREATMENT demands that we ask questions about our celebrity-stuffed world, where economic delusion and personal narratives are broadcast, believed and then dismantled before we have the chance to blink.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    To-By-Four Productions, Paradise Factory NYC
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Ingram New Works Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Residency
    ,
    Ingram New Works Project / Nashville Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Actors Bridge Ensemble
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award
,
American Theatre Critics Association
,
2017
Winner
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M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award
,
American Theatre Critics Association
,
2017