Press Release

David Rambo to return to UNC Chapel Hill.

For immediate release:

Deep Dish Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Johnston/Carolina Scholars present David Rambo’s “The Ice Breaker” March 26-30, plus a reception with the playwright and a Screenwriting Forum March 31.

Deep Dish Theater and PlayMakers Repertory Company will co-produce “The Ice Breaker,” a new play by award-winning screenwriter and playwright, David Rambo, to be performed at Deep Dish Theater in University Mall, Chapel Hill, NC. The new comedy/drama by Rambo, the author of ‘God’s Man in Texas,” which was presented at PlayMakers in 2006,will be presented as a staged reading, directed by Paul Frellick and featuring Helen Hagan and Tom Marriott. All tickets are $7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 27; 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29: and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.

A Reception with Playwright David Rambo will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill.. Tickets are $65. For reservations or more information regarding the reading or reception, visit the Deep Dish website (, call Deep Dish Theater at 919.968.1515, or visit the Deep Dish box office Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
David Rambo’s “God’s Man in Texas” was selected for production by the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play became the success of that year’s annual festival, and productions followed throughout the country, leading to Rambo’s becoming one of the most produced playwrights of 2002. Additional stage works include “There’s No Place Like House” and “Speaky-Spikey-Spokey” (both 1997), “Rhinebeck” (2001), and “The Spin Cycle” (2005), as well as adaptations of the classic screenplays “All About Eve” (2003), “Adam’s Rib” (2003), “Sunset Boulevard” (2004) and “Casablanca” (2005) for readings in New York and Los Angeles. A versatile writer, Rambo is a regular contributor to the popular television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and has written a new book for the musical “Paint Your Wagon” (2004). His one-woman show about columnist Ann Landers, “A Lady With All the Answers,” premiered in 2005.

Rambo’s play “The Ice Breaker” is both a science play and a love story.  When geologist Sonia Milan, a brilliant Ph.D. candidate, shows up at the door of Lawrence Blanchard, a discredited scientist in seclusion in the Southwestern US desert sparks fly. She’s at a professional and personal crossroads and wants his guidance; he wants nothing more to do with climate science or academia. What they confront in the course of a single evening will change them both, and maybe even the world.
There will also be a Screenwriting Forum on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art, with David Rambo, and UNC faculty Joan Darling, David Sontag, Stephen Neigher, and Bill Svanoe. This will be an open forum where these industry insiders discuss writing for film and television, the recent screenwriters strike, and the effect of “Reality TV” on the field. Space is limited, but admission is free.

Call the PlayMakers Box Office at 919.962.7529 for reservations or information.