The Effect


Kathe & Allan Cohen

June 16 – July 8

The Effect

By Lucy Prebble | Directed by Sam Weisman

About the Play 

Tristan and Connie, volunteers in a controlled drug test, fall in love—but is their chemistry real or induced? In the New England premiere of The Effect, Lucy Prebble’s funny and moving look at medicinal trial and error explores the depths of attraction and attachment, and wonders at the limits of medicine and the ever-elusive rules of the heart. Lucy Prebble’s The Effect comes to Gloucester direct from The National Theatre in London and an extended run at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. The GSC production features Sam Weisman in his Gloucester Stage directing debut and a cast led SNL alum Brad Hall and GSC favorite Lindsay Crouse.

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Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse* (Dr. Lorna James)
Gloucester Stage favorite Lindsay Crouse returns! She was most recently seen at Gloucester Stage in 2016 in Lettice and Lovage. She made her GSC debut in 2007 in The Belle of Amherst; followed by 2008 in Going To St. Ives, 2010 in Table Manners, 2011 in Living Together and in 2012 in Round and Round The Garden.

A long-time veteran of the New York stage, Lindsay Crouse has performed on and off Broadway, and has won the Obie and Theater World Awards. At the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, she starred with John Mahoney in Conor McPherson’s The Weir, breaking the theater’s box office records.

On television, Ms. Crouse has guest-starred on C.S.I., Criminal Minds, Law and Order, E.R, NYPD Blue, Colombo, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, Hill Street Blues, Frasier, ARLI$$ and Alias. She spent a season as the infamous Professor Maggie Walsh on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She appeared on all three television networks simultaneously playing recurring characters on Providence for NBC, Hack for CBS, and Dragnet for ABC. She has played three different characters on Law and Order, and appeared as the formidable Judge Andrews on Law and Order SVU.

A feature film veteran, some of Ms. Crouse’s best known films include The Insider, The Verdict, House of Games, Slapshot, Communion, All The President’s Men, Prince Of The City, Daniel, The Arrival, Indian In The Cupboard, Mr. Brooks and Places In The Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Crouse currently teaches around the country a class that is unique in the world, combining principles of Buddhism with principles of drama, creating a fresh approach to acting, writing and directing in all media.

Brad Hall

Brad Hall* (Dr. Toby Sealey)
Stage includes Practical Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, St. Nicholas Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Grange Court Theatre London, Huntington Hartford Theatre Los Angeles. Most recently: The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved with Tim Robbins at Town Hall, NY.

In Television, Brad has written, performed, developed, composed music for, directed, created or produced many shows; among them SNL, Frasier, Brooklyn Bridge, The Single Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Watching Ellie, Parks And Recreation and VEEP.

Brad has also written, produced and performed in motion pictures, often in happy partnership with Gary David Goldberg and Sam Weisman.

Brad attended Northwestern University and is a co-founder of the Practical Theatre Co. in Chicago. It was at the Practical Theatre that Brad first met Julia Louis-Dreyfus, to whom he is married, and has two sons.

Susannah Hoffman

Susannah Hoffman* (Connie Hall)
Susannah Hoffman received an MFA in acting from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Her regional theater credits include Baby Doll in Baby Doll, Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (McCarter Theatre), Cherie in Bus Stop (CENTERSTAGE), Elizabeth in Heartless, Abigail in A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (ART), The Donkey Show (ART), Ophelia in Hamletmachine (ART Institute), The Little Tragedies (Moscow Art Theater), and Nina in The Seagull (Opera House Arts). Her New York credits include The Actress in insignificance, Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet/Mercutio/Prince/Balthasar in Empirical Rogue’s four-actor Romeo & Juliet, Morgan in Owned, Celine in … But the Next Morning, and Claire in L’Amour Fou. TV/Film: House of Cards, Spiderman 2, Invisible.

Mickey Solis

Mickey Solis* (Tristan Frey)

New York and Off Broadway credits: the American premier of Ivan Viripaev’s ILLUSIONS (Baryshnikov Arts Center), An Orestia (Classic Stage Company), God of Carnage (Engeman Theater), White People (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Night Over Taos (INTAR, directed by Estelle Parsons), The Master and Margarita (Fisher Center), Beckett at 100 (92nd St. Y with Alvin Epstein and Bill Camp), Error of Their Ways (HERE Arts Center), and Private Moments in Central Park directed by David Levine for Creative Time. Regional Theater: Yale Repertory; American Repertory Theater; Dangerous Ground (Brooklyn); Triad Stage; Appalachian Summer Festival; New College Theater; Moscow Art Theater; Epic Theater; Shakespeare on the Sound; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Other performances: Susan Marshall Dance Company, The Japan Society, The Ohio Theater, Wang Center for the Performing Arts, The Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, Playwrights Horizons, The Actors Studio. Film & Television: michigan (writer), Lament for the Artist (co-writer), Fall North, Man With VanLaw & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, Blacklist, Blind Spot, Mysteries of Laura, Girls. Mickey has taught acting at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and The Florida State Thespian Festival. Mickey is also a screenwriter. He studied comparative religion at Western Michigan University and earned his MFA at The Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

TBD (Research Lab Technician)

Sam Weisman

Sam Weisman (Director)
Sam Weisman worked for ten years as an actor before making the transition to directing, and has since earned directorial credits in film, television, and theatre. Feature films include George of the Jungle, which received a British Academy Award nomination for Best Children’s Movie, The Out-of-Towners, starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, and John Cleese, Bye-Bye Love, D2: The Mighty Ducks and Dickie Roberts, starring David Spade, produced by Adam Sandler. He also was Co-Producer of the feature film, Dad, starring Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, and Ted Danson.

Mr. Weisman has directed or produced over 200 television episodes for such shows as Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, Seventh Heaven (Pilot Episode), Law and Order, Monk, In Plain Sight and The Bernie Mac Show. Other television credits include the PBS American Playhouse production of Breakfast with Les and Bess, starring Dick Van Dyke and Cloris Leachman. His television work has received three Emmy Nominations, multiple Humanitas Awards, two Golden Globe Nominations, and a Golden Globe Award. His Pilot of the critically acclaimed series, Brooklyn Bridge, was honored by TV GUIDE as one of the best television episodes of all

Mr. Weisman’s theatre work has received much recognition, including multiple Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Awards, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Director honors for the West Coast premieres of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit.

Mr. Weisman was also the director and co-creator of Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, which premiered in Chicago, and then opened in New York at the legendary Village Gate. The show went on to be a major hit in Toronto at the Centre Stage, and in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Canon Theatre, where it was honored with a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Best Ensemble. At The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, he directed Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, and the world premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Gizmo Love.

A graduate of Deerfield Academy and Yale (B.A. Music History), Mr. Weisman received an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from Brandeis University’s Department of Theatre Arts, where he is a Fellow of The University. In recent years he has returned there to teach acting, and to direct productions of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He has taught and directed at the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University,
where he is Director of professional Development. Other teaching work includes semesters at Deerfield and Emerson College, as well as guest lectures at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, USC, Boston University, NYU, Rhode Island School of Design, Duke University, and Yale.

Mr. Weisman has been elected three times to the East Coast Council of the Directors Guild of America, and is a voting member of the Directors’ Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Weisman’s interview with writer-director Paul Schrader has been archived at the Directors Guild. In addition, he was featured in a directing workshop sponsored by the Guild in New York.

He served as Chairman of the Executive Boards of the Massachusetts Sports and Entertainment
Commission, and in 2008 he was honored as the “MVP of the Massachusetts Film Industry” for his work in the passage of the State’s successful Film and Television Tax Incentive program, which has brought
over $1 billion in production to the Commonwealth in five years.

J. Michael Griggs† (Set Design)

J. Michael Griggs is happy to be returning to Gloucester Stage where he last designed Auld Lang Syne and Fences in 2014.  In July of 2017 he will be exhibiting his work at the World Stage Design Exposition in Taipei, Taiwan. Recent projects include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for the Milwaukee Rep, Phèdre at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago, School for Scandal for the Actor’s Shakespeare Project, 1984 for Illinois Theatre, Lost Lake for The Manhattan Theatre Club and Long Lost for Illinois Theatre.

Other selected designs include Romance, No Child, No Man’s Land, How I Learned to Drive, Boston Marriage, and others for the American Repertory Theater; The Sanctuary Lamp, The Well of the Saints, The Lonesome West, St. Nicholas, and others for The Súgán Theatre Company,  as well as productions at SpeakEasy Stage Company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Publick Theatre, Tir Na Theatre Company, Opera Providence, and New Repertory Theatre.  He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Jenna Worden

Jenna Worden* (Properties Design)

Jenna Worden is delighted to return for her third season with Gloucester Stage. Favorite GSC credits include Out of Sterno, The Flick, and The Totalitarians. In addition, Jenna has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Our American Hamlet), WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Childsplay AZ, and Phoenix Theatre. She recently signed on as Programs Coordinator of Brighter Boston, a non-profit partnership providing teenagers with professional internships in technical theatre and event production. Jenna earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University.

Russ Swift† (Lighting Design)
GSC: Resident Lighting Designer for the past 11 years. Productions include: Sweet and Sad; Out of Sterno; The New Electric Ballroom; The Flick; Jacques Brel; Fences; Spring Awakening; North Shore Fish; Carnival; “Master Harold” . . . and the Boys; The Most Happy Fella; Fighting Over Beverley; Table Manners; Trying; The Breath of Life; Sins of the Mother; Billy Bishop Goes to War; Going to St. Ives; Dear Liar; The Belle of Amherst; Ponies; The Widow’s Blind Date; The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath; The Price; The Heidi Chronicles, Long Day’s Journey Into Night; My Old Lady; Spinning into Butter. Boston-area (select): The Hobbit (Wheelock Family Theatre); Scarlett Letter (Worcester Foothills); It’s All True (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Rags (The Boston Conservatory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, 2010 and 1012 Gala (Boston Arts Academy). Other: Mr. Swift has designed for Tri-Cities Opera, the Jewish Theatre of New England, the Publick Theatre, Chamber Theatre Productions, Boston Lyric Opera, the Worcester Forum Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the Theatre of Newburyport, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, American Ensemble Theatre, Stephan Petronio Dance Company, the Caldwell Theatre, KewPee Corporation and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Mr. Swift has been on the faculty or staff at Northeastern University, Emerson College, Endicott College, Westfield State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Salem State University, Community College of Rhode Island, and Groton School. He is currently the production manager for the Theatre Department at Boston College. Russ resides in Wilbraham with his wife, Mayre, and daughter, Michaela.

Miranda Kau Giurleo (Costume Design)

Miranda Kau Giurleo gladly returns to Gloucester Stage where she designed last season’s Lettice and Lovage, and Totalitarians. Previous GSC credits include: The New Electric Ballroom, Fighting Over Beverly, Dear Liar, The Wind in the Willows, Ponies, Calvin Berger, Our Son’s Wedding, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath, and The Heidi Chronicles. Other design credits include: The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Convert, and Roots of Liberty (Underground Railway Theatre), Matchless/The Happy Prince (Central Square Theatre), Peerless, Leftovers, Dry Land, Shockheaded Peter, Grimm, Love Person, Neighbors, She Kills Monsters, The Good Negro, and After the Quake (Company One), Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), and Closer Than Ever (New Repertoire Theatre).

She has previously designed and built costumes for the U.S.S. Constitution Museum production of Sailor’s Lives, Sailor’s Wives, and is currently on the faculty at Bridgewater State University.

Claudio Ragazzi (Composer)

Maegan Passafume* (Stage Manager)
Maegan is thrilled to be returning to Gloucester Stage Company for The Effect! Previous production stage management credits include A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company); Ugly Lies the Bone, DibbleDance: Shoes On, Shoes Off, Private Lives, and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare & Company); The Radius Playwrights Festival (Berkshire Playwrights Lab). Previous assistant stage management credits include The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Mame, Lucky Stiff, Sweet Charity, A Funny Thing…Forum, and How to Succeed…Trying (Stoneham Theatre); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Accomplice, and Mother Courage and Her Children (Shakespeare & Company). Maegan received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

“The irreducibility of love is the subject of “The Effect,” Lucy Prebble’s very clever — and ultimately more than clever — play…Ms. Prebble, the British author of “Enron,” has come up with an ingenious variation on one of the more common romantic formulas in fiction: Put two attractive people in an unfamiliar hothouse environment, and see what blooms.”

–Ben Brantley, New York Times Theatre Critic, on the 2016 Barrow Street Theater production of “The Effect”

Read full review here


“If our emotions are manipulated by chemicals, does that make them less real, less valid, less an expression of who we are? If a chemical causes us to lose our memory, what remains of our personality? Are we the sum total of our vital organs or does our brain harbour some extra element that gives us an identity?”

–Mark Fisher, The Guardian

Read full review here



* Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
° Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE (USA)

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