2017-2018 Season

The Effect: Sept. 8-23, 2017

“The Effect”

By Lucy Prebble

September 8, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Sept. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 pm and Sept.10 at 2 pm

Premiered September 2017
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. The Effect takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.

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Cast (Alphabetically)


Lucy Prebble is a playwright

Lucy Prebble

Lucy won the George Devine Award 2004 for her debut play The Sugar Syndrome followed by the TMA Award for Best New Play in 2004. She also won the 2004 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Lucy is the creator of the television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, starring Billie Piper in the main role. Secret Diary is on its fourth season and was sold to Showtime. Lucy’s second play, Enron, transferred to The West End and Broadway in 2010 after sell out runs at both The Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatre. Sony has optioned the rights to develop Enron into a film. Enron won Best New Play at the TMA Theatre Awards, and was shortlisted for The Evening Standard Award for Best New Play 2009.

Creative Team (Alphabetically)

Elizabeth Broeder is part of the creative team

Elizabeth Broeder

Elizabeth Broeder is so honored to be a part of this story! This is her second acting project with iTheatre Collaborative. In January she was a part of the Hostage cast as Masoumeh. She has been an artistic associate with iTheatre Collaborative for three seasons and is completely in love with the scripts/themes iTheatre explores. She is currently an actor in Southwest Shakespeare Company's educational tour, SWIFT and a choreographer/resident artist for GreasePaint Youtheatre. Recent stage credits include Brooke in Stage Left Production's Other Desert Cities, Rachel in Theatre Artist Studio’s Inherit The Wind, and Jordan in Stage Left Production's The Great Gatsby (for which she won a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Non-Professional Play.) She sends so much gratitude to Rosie, Chris and Rapheal. She sends all her love to mom, dad, Sarah, Jake, John and Charles. @el_lostboi

Rosemary  Close is part of the creative team

Rosemary Close

Rosemary has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include: Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.

Christopher Haines is part of the creative team

Christopher Haines

Christopher is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University and in 2016 from Arizona State. Directing credits include: (for iTheatre) White Guy on the Bus, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, A Bad Friend, The Fish Must Die, Molly Sweeney, and Cat’s Paw. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes; the Daniel Lentz Group's “A Crack in the Bell,” such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent film Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over sixty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

Joshua "TJ" Heath

Joshua "TJ" is excited to be making his iTheatre Collaborative directorial debut. Past work for iTC includes lighting design for Veronica’s Room and Passing Strange, and technical assistance on the productions of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and The Submission. Other offstage work includes Steve Martin’s The Underpants, and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Onstage, TJ has played such roles as Sonny in Grease, Joe Foster in Becky’s New Car, and Sir Wargrave in And Then There Were None. He graduated from Arizona State University with an Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance degree. Originally from Winslow, AZ, TJ is extremely grateful to everyone who has supported him throughout the years and a special thanks to his family, friends, and to Chris and Rosie and iTheatre. This season, TJ joins the iTheatre staff as an Artistic Associate.

About Joshua "TJ"

Kalley Mattheisen

Kalley is an artist with multiple years of experience in a variety of areas including theatre, creative writing, photography, dance, and film. Her Stage Manager credits include Veronica’s Room, Passing Strange, Hostages, and now Permanent Collection. Also, for iTheatre she was the lighting designer for Velocity of Autumn. When Kailey is not in the theatre she can be found managing the City of Chandler swimming pools where she has worked for the past 9 years. She would like to thank Charles, Chris, Rosie, and Mercedes for sharing their knowledge of the theatre to help her pursue her passion. She would also like to thank all her family and friends who help support and encourage her every day. 

About Kalley

Hussein Mohamed

Hussein is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. He has been the lighting technician for recent shows like Passing Strange, four installments of "Second Stage: One Acts," and many others in the past two years. He would like to thank the rest of the production team for making this a spectacular show.

About Hussein