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)

Torey Anderson is in the cast

Torey Anderson

as Tristan Frey

Torey a recent graduate of ASU’s Interdisciplinary Art Program, has been cast in multiple productions in Arizona, from plays at Second Stage West to feature films, online web series, and short films. With roles ranging from a hitman who enjoys his job way too much to a former teen drug addict with a troubling past, he is grateful for every chance he gets to work in the Valley. He studied acting with Charles St. Clair at Arizona State and takes every opportunity he can to be a better actor and story teller. Torey is looking forward to the opportunity of working in an action/comedy film in the future because that has always been a dream of his. He is eager to entertain everyone in attendance and is grateful that you came.

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Miranda Gross is in the cast

Miranda Gross

as Connie Hall

Miranda is excited to be performing in Lucy Prebble’s The Effect. Her most recent credits include Tiffany in Pillow Talk, Kristen in You Have Arrived, and Glenna in Bobby Gould in Hell. She made her acting debut at the age of eight and has since appeared in over 25 theatrical productions and four short films. Miranda is a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she regularly performed in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance program. When she’s not acting, you will find her singing at her piano, sketching, or with her nose in a book.

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Michael Hanelin is in the cast

Michael Hanelin

as Dr. Toby Sealey

Michael brims with excitement over working with iTC for the first time! In Rabbit Hole (directed by Stacie Stocker), he played Howie, which was his most recent role since playing off-off-Broadway, many-many-moons ago. He has appeared in national commercials as well as feature films such as “Dead in 5 Heartbeats,” “The Men Who Robbed the Bank,” “Duel at the Mound” as well as the eventually-to-be-released “Grief.” Michael began his training with Marla Finn and the late Peter Stelzer (Emmy winning producer of “Miss Evers’ Boys”) at the Phoenix Film Institute. He has also studied at Second City in Hollywood. Michael would like to thank Sophie for her unwavering support.

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Stacie Stocker is in the cast

Stacie Stocker

as Dr. Lorna James

Stacie is ecstatic to be doing another show at iTheatre Collaborative! She has been steadily working in film and TV for the past four years, including playing Tom Sizemore’s assistant in Durant’s Never Closes, a film about one of the Phoenix theater community’s favorite restaurants by the same name. Her previous favorite theater roles include; 9 Circles with iTheatre, Susan in the Phoenix premier of Lost Languages by David Lewis, TST’s Corday from Marat/Sade and TST’s King Lear in which she played Regan. Stacie has also directed the play Rabbit Hole, worked for Theatrescape, TST, and ASU student productions where she also earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Stacie would especially like to thank her family Dave, Michael, Bailey, and Dakota for their love and support.

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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.

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Creative Team (Alphabetically)

Elizabeth Broeder is part of the creative team

Elizabeth Broeder

Sound Design

Elizabeth is so happy to be working with iTheatre Collaborative this season. She is an interdisciplinary artist who has been artistic associate with iTheatre since 2017. Her recent iTheatre productions include Kunstler (sound design), Frost/Nixon (stage management/sound design) and Actually (acting/sound design). She is a Core Member of Southwest Shakespeare Company and a dance instructor/choreographer with Phoenix Country Day School and Prima Dance Arizona. She sends all of her love and gratitude to dad, mom, Sarah, Charles, Chris & Rosie, John, Johnny and Jake.

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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.

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Christopher Haines is part of the creative team

Christopher Haines*

Production Design, Producer

Chris is a member of Actor's Equity Association, is a theatre veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University. Some of his stage work includes: as an actor, the title roles in The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Danton's Death, Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, Father Flynn in Doubt, Jack Lawson in David Mamet's Race, Ralph in Frozen, Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow, the Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, the Third Man/Doctor in Baltimore Waltz, Prospero in The Tempest, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Alan Seymour in Picnic, Vernon Gersch in They're Playing Our Song, and Mr. Rich in Celebration. He has directed such productions as The Thanksgiving Play, A Bad Friend, Deathwatch, Dogg's Hamlet/Cahoots Macbeth, The Congresswomen, Cat's Paw, Molly Sweeney, The Fish Must Die and Carolina on Our Minds. As a designer his work includes Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, NC. 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 and in New York City. 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, and 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 in Phoenix. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre, he has produced over forty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Stacie Stocker is part of the creative team

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.

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Stacie Stocker is part of the creative team

Kalley Mattheisen

Lighting Design & Production Stage Manager

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. 

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Stacie Stocker is part of the creative team

Hussein Mohamed

Media Design

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.

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