CHEMISTRY by Jacob Marx Rice

A romantic comedy about suicide

 

CHEMISTRY, Finborough Theatre 2019 – James Mear and Caoimhe Farren. © Claire Bilyard

 

CHEMISTRY

By Jacob Marx Rice (US)

1 F / 1 M

Comedy

English original text

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?

 

REVIEWS
★★★★ “A moving, insightful love story. Rice has written a love story that treats heavy, complex subjects with confidence and compassion.” Mert Dilek, The Stage
★★★★★ “Thought-provoking and devastating as well as particularly beautiful. This is the best production I have seen all year.” Derek Benfield, UK Theatre Web
★★★★★ “Chemistry is a roller coaster of a play that will tug at your emotions. It’s both beautiful and poignant. A mighty fine piece of writing. Full of wit. It’s beautiful to watch.” Jeff Prestridge, Close-Up Culture
★★★★ “Great theatre. An intimate and honest look into the world of mental health and its preconceptions and misconceptions. The chemistry was electrifying” Max Topliss, Pocketsize Theatre
“Remarkable for its tender compassion.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Rice has written some immensely interesting conversations about mental health, and succeeded in portraying depression with authenticity, insight, and unaffected empathy.” Addison Waite, The Spy in the Stalls

 

CHEMISTRY, Finborough Theatre 2019 – James Mear and Caoimhe Farren. © Claire Bilyard

 

CHEMISTRY, Finborough Theatre 2019 – James Mear and Caoimhe Farren. © Claire Bilyard

 

CHEMISTRY, Finborough Theatre 2019 – Caoimhe Farren. © Claire Bilyard

 

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Jacob Marx Rice © Tristan Nash

 

Jacob Marx Rice is a playwright based in New York City. He was the winner of the 2017 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2018 Faculty Award from the NYU/Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing and the 2018 Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grant. His plays have been produced and developed at The Finborough Theatre, The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. Jacob’s plays have won 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. MFA: NYU