November 8 - December 18, 2016
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Alena Smith
Directed by Randall Arney
Featuring Nate Corddry, Rebecca Henderson, Jennifer Mudge, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe & Keith Powell
World Premiere

“Timely and touching, humorous and human. Simply put, Icebergs is contemporary American theater at its best.” –
Randall Arney directs his excellent cast with playful warmth and a keen sensitivity to the generosity and complexity of Smith’s characterizations. – Los Angeles Times
“The performances feel authentic and lived, and the characters’ rapports convey the richness and surprise of real-life interactions while deepening the play’s themes.” – Los Angeles Times
“The laughs are plentiful... a knowing look at Los Angeles filmmaker culture. – The Hollywood Reporter
Director Randall Arney conveys the humor and panic that has engulfed these characters as they navigate L.A.'s hip Silver Lake neighborhood. – The Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice, and the future looks bright… at least on the surface. Playwright Alena Smith (Showtime’s The Affair, HBO’s The Newsroom) and Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney bring you to Silver Lake on a warm November night for this acerbic, affectionate and affecting world premiere comedy, where a new generation of thirtysomethings navigate filmmaking and family planning, trying to put down roots before everything melts away.

Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund

For more information on the Edgerton Foundation and the plays it has supported, please visit Theater Communications Group.




Meet The Artists

ALENA SMITH (Playwright)
Alena Smith is a playwright and television writer, recently named one of Variety’s 10 TV Writers to Watch. She is a writer and producer on Showtime’s The Affair, and previously wrote for HBO’s The Newsroom. An original television series she created is in development with Anonymous Content. Alena’s plays include The New Sincerity (Bay Street Theater; Theater Wit), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Theatre), Plucker (Southwark Playhouse), The Sacrifices (Public Theater/Summer Play Festival), and The Lacy Project (American Repertory Theater; Ohio Theatre). The Bad Guys was adapted into a film which premiered at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. Alena was a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. She received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and studied philosophy at Haverford College and the University of Oxford. In addition to writing for theater and television, Alena created the Twitter character @TweenHobo, which The Believer called “one of the most imaginative uses for Twitter so far.” Tween Hobo: Off The Rails, a novel based on the account, was published by Gallery Books in 2014. Her essays about writing for theater, television and the internet have been published in Grantland and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Randall Arney has been a theater professional for over 30 years and has served as Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse since 1999. In addition to his artistic programming and oversight at the Geffen, Arney has helmed many productions for the theater, most recently Outside Mullingar, The Night Alive, Reasons to Be Pretty, Slowgirl, American Buffalo, Superior Donuts, The Female of the Species, The Seafarer, Speed-the-Plow and All My Sons. Arney is an ensemble member and former Artistic Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre where his directing credits include: Slowgirl, The Seafarer, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Killers and The Geography of Luck, among others. Arney also directed Steppenwolf’s world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as the subsequent national and international acclaimed productions. Mr. Arney’s acting credits with Steppenwolf include Born Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly. As the Artistic Director for Steppenwolf from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the creation of a new state-of-the-art theater which is Steppenwolf’s current home. Broadway transfers under his leadership include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (1990 Tony Award, Best Play). Mr. Arney has an M.F.A. degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught master classes and workshops at UCLA, Steppenwolf, around the U.S. and in Tokyo.

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Performance Info

95 minutes, no intermission.

This production contains the smoking of herbal cigarettes.