UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance begins season of adventure with romance

Green Bay, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre & Dance program opens the 2022-2023 season with a production of The Effect by Lucy Prebble. Set in the near future, The Effect opens October 13 and runs through October 15 with a second week of performances October 19 to 22. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be presented in the Jean Weidner Theatre at The Weidner.

Winner of the 2012 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play, The Effect examines the relationship between feelings and brain chemistry. When Connie and Tristan enroll in a clinical trial for a new antidepressant, sparks begin to fly between them. Not knowing if they are on the drug or the placebo, they question whether their feelings are real, the result of the drug or if it even matters. Meanwhile, the doctor running the drug trial begins to doubt the ethicality of her work.  Director Rebecca Stone Thornberry comments, “The Effect is a powerful examination of why we feel what we feel. Are we simply a mixture of chemicals like serotonin and dopamine? What happens when we artificially increase or decrease those chemicals? If you’ve ever been in love, suffered from depression (or cared about someone who has), or wondered about how modern medical science may attempt to alter our moods for profit, you’ll want to see this show.”

The Effect stars Kara Kaiser, a freshman from Oshkosh, Wisconsin as Connie and Nolan Falish, a freshman from Green Bay, Wisconsin as Tristan. Additionally, the show features Mia Bolyard, a freshman from Pewaukee, Wisconsin as Dr. James, and Carter Bauer, a sophomore from Oak Creek, Wisconsin as Toby, the doctors running the drug trial.   Due to the mature themes and language, including mentions of depression and suicide, and depictions of sexual activity and smoking, this production is recommended for adult/mature audiences.

The Effect will perform October 13,14,15,19, 20,21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jean Weidner Theatre, The Weidner. Tickets for The Effect are $22 in advance for adults and $25 at the door. Seniors and students can purchase tickets for $17 in advance or $20 at the door. UW-Green Bay students are $12 in advance or at the door. Tickets can be purchased at University Ticketing Services located in the UW-Green Bay University Union. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling (920) 465-2400 or online. Additional information about the production and ticket reservation information can be found at the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance web site.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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