“I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect.”
Connie and Tristan can’t hide how they feel around each other: Hearts thumping, sleepless nights, a slightly ill excitement. They’ve fallen, and fallen hard. Unless their infatuation is a side-effect of the new antidepressant they’re in a clinical trial for. As the trial’s supervising doctors untangle the ethical implications of this illicit relationship—and Big Pharma’s investment in medicating sanity—Connie and Tristan engage body and mind with the mysteries and chemistry of love.
Muse, Studio’s artistic director, applies his accustomed intelligence to another Studio-worthy project here. He elicits the best from his actors, most notably from Silver and Kleiger, who have personality to spare. They persuasively offer up fallible people, endearing and flawed and yes, in each other’s company possessing that magic ingredient: chemistry.
The Effect is a profoundly moving and surprisingly funny must-see, brought to life by some truly electrifying talent and unforgettable visuals.
Dive into the world of The Effect with Scenic Designer Luciana Stecconi in this interview as she talks about the challenges she faced and what drew her to the project.Read More
Building from the story of a clinical drug trial gone wildly wrong, Lucy Prebble’s chemical romance The Effect is an investigation of the brain and the chemistry of mood. With her four characters—two participating in a clinical trial and two supervising doctors with a past together—and using all the tools at her theatrical disposal, Prebble is aiming to create, “what love feels like…and what depression feels like.” Read Lucy Prebble’s interview with Fiona Gruber, arts writer for The Guardian, as the Melbourne Theatre Company prepared for their 2014 production of The Effect.Read More
Among so-called “professional guinea pigs,” the long weeks in an inpatient clinical trial are part social experiment, part leasing out of bodies. Ethical concerns keep compensation relatively low, and long-term effects are by definition unknown. Take a peek into the world of The Effect.Read More
Lucy Prebble writes about what frightens her: online sex offenders, corporate abuses of power, and in The Effect, the clinical dimensions of love. Read more about her draw to complex, often taboo, subjects and the people involved in them.Read More
The story of a romance kindled on a clinical trial for a new antidepressant, The Effect upends some of the widely held assumptions about romantic love, asking whether humans are the sum of our chemical selves or something more. Dive into the current science about the interplay of attraction, chemicals, and romantic love.Read More