The students of OCUEdge are preparing to perform their last production of this season.
The Effect, written by Lucy Prebble, will be at 8 p.m. April 23 in the admin tower.
The show will last two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Admission is free.
OCUEdge is a special installment of the School of Theater, in which students select a show and host a staged reading in the admin tower on a Sunday.
Any student can submit to direct an OCUEdge show by completing an application process through Out of the Box. The organization chooses three shows for each semester’s season.
The Effect is about two young adults who participate in a new clinical trial for an antidepressant. The two fall in love, and it becomes difficult to tell whether it’s the drug, the placebo or true love.
Amanda Miller, design and production sophomore and the show’s director, said she picked the show because she is interested in mental illnesses such as depression.
“This show says a lot of things that are really important to me. It has a great message, and it provides a lot of things for the audience to think about,” Miller said. “It is very relatable because it is modern and it talks about medication and mental illnesses such as depression. There’s a little bit of everything in it.”
Miller cast Alec Espinosa, music theater freshman, and Addie Pollard, acting freshman, as the principals. Additionally, Adelaide Ross, acting sophomore, is assistant directing, and Shelby McCarver, acting sophomore, is the stage manager.
“Everyone is enjoying it so much,” Miller said.
Miller said she hopes for a good turnout and recommends the show for those who like stories, science thrillers and dark comedy.