Fire and Ice

When an American human rights researcher meets an Icelandic local in a geothermal hotspring, the two must decide whether to take a plunge: into the cold, the unknown, and the unlikely.
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Fire and Ice

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  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    23 Mar. 2021
    Emily Russell has a gift for language, and she is able to pack so much into this short piece. Ella's transformation from her interaction with Ilmu is fascinating, poetic and heartfelt.
  • John Mabey:
    17 Jan. 2021
    I watched this play as part of an online play series and it was so gripping and well-written. The explorations of what it means to be from a place and the ways in which we do/don't belong to it were especially meaningful, too. And the stage directions were so poetic they really created a vivid world.
  • Jack Levine:
    10 Dec. 2020
    EMILY RUSSELL’s play is a fascinating philosophical discussion of how an individual can and should become ‘in touch’ with a different land, culture, and tradition. When we come to a country as a tourist, our mind is filled with visions of things. To truly become a part of a country, one needs to immerse themselves In the country’s ways of doing things. I love how the sea is described. “Fire and Ice” is a well-written play.

Character Information

  • Ilmu
    18-30,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Ilmu is Icelandic. This character should be played by someone who is Scandinavian. He is adventurous and introspective.
  • Ella
    18-30,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Ella is American. She is a researcher, so should be scholastic, introspective, and conscientious. She is also curious, adventurous, and defensive. She should seem bookish.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Dragon Productions Theatre Company
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Unmasked (Virtual)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Blank Space Workshop
    ,
    2019