by Lucy Prebble
directed by Laley Lippard
March 2 –25, 2018
* 2012 UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play
SYNOPSIS: Connie and Tristan are volunteers in a clinical drug trial, but when they begin a sudden and illicit romance, they must ask themselves: is theirs a palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of the new antidepressant being tested? As their relationship forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work, the story begins to unwind in a script that plays like a thriller.
Lucy Prebble’s THE EFFECT takes on our pill-popping culture with humor, intelligence, and suspense in this steamy and scintillating drama.
“…[a] funny and heartbreaking play…a knotty drama, dealing with scientific objectivity, guilt, the mysteries of the human heart and brain and what makes us who we are, wrapped up in a deceptively simple and constantly entertaining package.” —The Guardian (UK).