CHEMISTRY

by Jacob Marx Rice

 
29 October - 23 November 2019

The European premiere

“It doesn’t feel like a disease, it feels like... falling in love. Your heart races, and your skin tingles. It’s perfect. At first.”

Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist's office, sparks fly and they stumble unexpectedly into a beautiful relationship. But how do you trust someone else when you are already in a battle with your own brain? 



Last year, 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in England alone, while, in the United States, an estimated 15.5 million Americans have taken antidepressant medication for at least five years and over. With dark humour, a beautiful soundtrack and captivating visuals, Chemistry is an intimate, frank and uncompromising examination of the chemicals we take and how they impact our ability to love.



Chemistry has been produced at Hollywood Fringe Festival, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, and now receives its European premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT JACOB MARX RICE

Playwright Jacob Marx Rice’s work has been produced and developed at the Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the New Ohio Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series The Suicidal Comedies – consisting of Chemistry, Coping, and Cracks – has been produced around the United States, and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award and FringeFAVE at the NY Fringe Festival, Producer's Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Jacob is a 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a member of The Shelter, and studied at New York University on their MFA for Dramatic Writing.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR ALEX HOWARTH

Director Alex Howarth’s production of We Live By the Sea opened the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres in New York 2018, where it was Critic's Pick in The New York Times. It was nominated for a Fringe First and OffWestEnd Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Production, ran at the SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, and won Best Theatre, Critics’ Choice, and Peace Foundation Awards and was in the Top Six Shows To See in the Guardian during two seasons at Adelaide Festival. He regularly leads research and development periods for new writing and adapted and directed the world stage premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, working alongside the film's writer, Oscar nominee Peter Hedges. He regularly directs at drama schools including Mountview, Associated Studios, and University of Cumbria. Recent work includes Misterman (New Wimbledon Theatre and Brockley Jack Theatre), Oh! You Pretty Things (Southwark Playhouse), Back to Blackbrick (Arts Theatre), Two Sides (Arcola Theatre) The Red Light (Union Theatre), and Junk (Old Red Lion Theatre). He is the Artistic Director of Patch of Blue, who create devised theatre pieces with live music for festivals and touring. As a writer, his work has toured the UK to great acclaim – most recently, award winning feminist gig play Sirens which was performed in a combination of English and British Sign Language. He has worked extensively with people with disabilities, having created performances with deafblind adults for the charity Sense. Forthcoming productions include Assistant Director on La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in January 2020.

ABOUT THE CAST

Caoimhe Farren | Steph

Trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
Theatre includes The Ferryman (Gielgud Theatre), V.E. (King’s Head Theatre), Outsiders, Clickbait (The Bunker), Confidence/Supply, Carnivores and Girls and Dolls (Southwark Playhouse), EleXion (Theatre503), Growth (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Commissioners (Company of Angels), Dancing at Lughnasa (Ireland tour), Scenes from an Inquiry and Snow White: The Remix (The Playhouse, Derry), Woman of Troy, Government Inspector, Coram Boy, Philistines, Twelfth Night, Blood Wedding and All’s Well That Ends Well (ALRA).
Television includes Derry Girls and Doctors.

James Mear | Jamie

Trained at Rose Bruford College and the Oxford School of Drama.

Theatre includes Pardoned (The Other Palace), Romeo and Juliet (Stockwell Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brockley Jack Theatre, and Garden Shakespeare), Dates and Measures (Churchill Theatre), and Troilus and Cressida (To The Elephant).

Theatre whilst in training includes City of Angels, Much Ado About Nothing, Blue Stockings, Waiting For Godot and The Beggar’s Opera.

THE PRESS ON CHEMISTRY

“Brilliant! A dark and twisted ride down the beautifully winding road that is love.” Discover Hollywood Magazine

“Real, poignant, and funny. Sharply written banter and well-delivered one-liners allow us to access the tragedy unfolding before us.” Chelsea Now

“A darkly comic and often painfully realistic portrait… The most convincing depictions of a journey to suicide I have ever encountered.” Stage Happenings

“Must see! Playwright Jacob Marx Rice’s smart, funny, sad script packs a lot into an hour.” River City News

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR ALEX HOWARTH’S PRODUCTION OF WE LIVE BY THE SEA IN NEW YORK AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR

“Director Alex Howarth does wonders…coming up with a tight imaginative staging.” Critic’s Pick, The New York Times Best Theatre of 2016 The New York Times

“Playful, funny, and deeply moving.” ★★★★ Top Shows to See at Adelaide Festival, The Guardian

“Alex Howarth’s production is so light and tight.” ★★★★ Natasha Tripney, The Stage

“It's rare for theatre to connect in such a way... something very raw and beautiful.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Every once in a while a piece of theatre comes along which makes me remember why I have always loved the power of theatre...We Live by the Sea does just that.” Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Built with such skill by director Alex Howarth.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 29 October - Saturday, 23 November 2019

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 85 minutes with no interval.

Prices until 10th November 2019

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Previews (29 and 30 October) £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 2 November 2019 when booked online only.

Prices from 12 November 2019

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats. 

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29 October - 23 November 2019

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Directed by Alex Howarth

Lighting and Video Design by Rachel Sampley

Presented by Sloshed Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

CAOIMHE FARREN

JAMES MEAR