After a journey to Iceland, composer Marc Anthony Thomson and writer/director/actor Roger Guenveur Smith felt inspired to write a love story about a couple in transatlantic correspondence. Their play Iceland premiers in Los Angeles March 13.
The Obie Award-winning duo joined actress Treva Offutt to “navigate the bloodstream” of the two lovers, a painter and a dancer. She lives in what was their Brooklyn home while he is based in Iceland.
Roger Guenveur Smith in his role in Iceland, photo by Elizabeth Tobias.
“This erotically-charged journey begins as ‘nothing special/just love as usual’ but soon negotiates fire and ice and ‘bombs bursting in air/red white black and blue’,” as described in a press release.
Iceland was commissioned by the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which facilitated a Rockefeller Grant allowing Thompson and Smith to visit Iceland.
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