A new work that will challenge the way we look at our understanding of each other, Melbourne’s Newest Theatre Company, Little Theatre Company (LTC), presents the Victorian premiere of Chemistry by Jacob Marx Rice at the Alex Theatre St Kilda until 14 September 2018.
Steph is a 20 something, working in a bar, trying to get a handle on life. She struggles with chronic depression. Jamie works for government and is a high achiever, he 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?
LTC believes in bringing relevant and thought-provoking theatre to Melbourne that challenges their audience to view old ideas with a fresh lens. Chemistry is the first play to be produced by LTC as part of their appointment as resident theatre company at the Alex Theatre St Kilda.
Featuring Monique Fisher and Thomas Filer under the direction of Ryan A. Murphy, who has described the play as “A well balanced, relevant and timely piece that explores heavy ideas and themes, that will still make you laugh.”
Jacob Marx Rice is an American playwright whose work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others.
His play series The Suicidal Comedies – consists of Chemistry, Coping, and Cracks – have been produced across the USA, and has won numerous award including 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 an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing.
“Sharply written banter and well-delivered one-liners allow us to access the tragedy unfolding before us.”– Chelsea Now
Director: Ryan A. Murphy Featuring: Monique Fisher, Thomas Filer Set Designer: Juliette Whitney Sound Designer: Memphis LK Costume Designer: Alexandra Whitehead Choreography & Movement: Eliza Grundy Stage & Production Manager: Alysha Watt Producer: Kaarin Fairfax
The Studio – Alex Theatre St Kilda, 1/135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Season continues to 14 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.alextheatrestk.com.au
Image: Monique Fisher and Thomas Filer feature in Chemistry (sourced)