The Effect
by Lucy Prebble


Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved.

The Effect was Prebble's first play after the critical and commercial success achieved by Enron and was described as "a scintillating exploration of the clash between scientific advance and human impulse" by the Financial Times.

This production of "The Effect" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.


Oct 3 — 15, 2019


Das Off Theater
Kirchengasse 41, 1070 Wien


  • English


  • Recommended minimum age: 14 years
  • 1 interval(s), 20 minutes each
  • Explicit Language


  • contemporary
  • drama
  • multimedia


Thu, October 03, 2019 19:30
Fri, October 04, 2019 19:30
Sat, October 05, 2019 19:30
Tue, October 08, 2019 19:30
Wed, October 09, 2019 19:30
Thu, October 10, 2019 19:30
Fri, October 11, 2019 19:30
Sat, October 12, 2019 19:30
Mon, October 14, 2019 19:30
Tue, October 15, 2019 19:30


Maria Lohn
Dr. Lorna James
Suzanne Carey
Dr. Toby Sealey
Helena Scheuba
Connie Hall
Tom Middler
Tristan Frey
Patrick Lamb
Orderly #1
Raphaela Pekovsek
Orderly #2

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program and graduated with a BA in Acting.

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien, became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen. Radio, Film and TV credits include: "Acting Up" (BBC Radio Scotland), "Es kann nichts passieren" (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), "Straight to REM" (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival). She appears in the ORF TV-series "Altes Geld" by David Schalko as well as in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel and the feature film "Life Guidance" by Ruth Mader.

Suzanne Carey is a native of Missoula, Montana with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Former credits in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for Musical Theater and Theater are: Roman Polanski’s Tanz der Vampire (World Premiere), Beauty and the Beast Europe Premiere, Sister Act, The Count of Monte Cristo World Premiere, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Fame, The Vagina Monologues, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Boeing Boeing, Bad Dates and Next to Normal. Stateside credits are Man of Lamancha, A Little Night Music, and Nunsense.

Helena Scheuba is an actress, director, writer and translator, who received her training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Acting credits include Christmas Carol (Open House Theatre), Julius Caesar (Bronski & Grünberg Theater), Grimm’s Greatest Hits (Festspiele Berndorf), #werther (Touring production), The House of Bernarda Alba (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Country Wife (Linbury Studio/LAMDA) Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Sommerspiele Melk), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Rabenhof Theater), Cabaret (Kammerspiele/Theater in der Josefstadt). Directing credits include #werther (Touring production), Richard III (Bronski & Grünberg Theater), Bakabu (Festspiele Berndorf), Rhinoceros (Stadttheater Mödling/Theater Scala Wien), Julius Caesar (Bronski & Grünberg Theater). TV credits include Soko Kitzbühel, Tatort and Wir sind Kaiser.

Tom was born and raised in the UK, and his acting training was done in Wales and in North Carolina, USA, before he moved over to Vienna to join Open House Theatre in 2014. Since then he's played many memorable roles with us, including Tom in A Glass Menagerie (Williams), John in Brothers of Thunder (Ann Marie di Mambro), Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet (Conan Doyle / Neumayr), and Tristan in The Effect (Lucy Prebble). Aside from acting, Tom works as a voice over artist, and also adapted and directed last year's well-received stage version of A Christmas Carol, a challenge which he once again undertook for 2019. He also spends some time in front of the microphone reading the news or talking about football for national broadcaster ORF, or his channel "The Other Bundesliga".

Born in Sheffield, Patrick studied drawing cartoons just outside New York city and now lives in Vienna.

He has spent most of his adult life telling stories, either with drawn images, film or different types of performance.

Today he works as a voiceover, actor and stand-up comedian. Patrick dislikes prejudice, climate change denial, most current politicians, overcooked boiled eggs at breakfast time and mullets. He loves his son, spicy humus, surprising storytelling and dirty jokes.

Finally, Patrick possesses an implausible capacity to remember irrelevant nonsense, which he probably inherited from his father.

Raised in Vienna, Raphaela studied Musical Theatre at the Performing Arts Studios Vienna.

After graduating she played "Tanz der Vampire" in Oberhausen and Stuttgart, followed by "Grease", and then a tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Back in Vienna, Raphaela played "Mamma Mia!" (Ass. Dance Captain), "Jesus Christ Superstar in concert" and "Mozart!" (Dance Captain) at the Raimundtheater.

In 2016/17 Raphaela worked as Associate Choreographer on "Mozart!" which played in Shanghai and Antwerp where. She has also performed in "Ghost-Nachricht vom Sam", "Hairspray" and "An American in Paris" at the Landestheater Linz. Raphaela was also recently Dance Captain in "Ich war noch niemals in New York" in Switzerland.


Owen Lindsay
Robert G. Neumayr
Video Effects
Ricky McMurry
Assistant Director
Anne Marie Sheridan
Production Assistant
Jessica Bannister-Pearce
Sound & Lights

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Owen grew up in New Zealand after his family moved there when he was very young. Always interested in art and creativity, he took up creative writing as a teenager and developed an ambition to become a film-maker, becoming the youngest student ever accepted to the New Zealand Film and Televsion Training School in 1995, at the age of 17.

After studying English and Performing Arts at the University of Auckland, he continued to work and study the craft of theatre, both onstage and off, and also obtained an MA in Acting from the Drama Centre London.

As an actor he has performed on stages in New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, and as a director he has worked on both Theatre and Opera productions.

Robert studied musical theatre at Performing Arts Studios Vienna. After graduating, engagements took him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana. He’s been working as an author and director for the past few years, and one of his latest directorial endeavors took him to the renowned Volksbühne Berlin. Directing credits include The Right Job, The Turn of the Screw, A Christmas Carol; the Austrian premieres of The Timekeepers, Hypnosis, Brothers of Thunder, and Hochgeschätztes Tiefpar-terre, as well as the European Premiere of STRAIGHT last season. Robert’s next big project is the direction of the European premiere of The Suitcase/Der Koffer at Dschungel Wien next year in March. He is also Open House Theatre’s Joint Creative Director.

Ricky McMurry first became involved with Open House Theatre when he worked on two of their productions during his summer break from college. He was born in the United States in 1995 and began writing plays in high school. He attended Beloit College, where he continued to create and stage his work. After graduating in 2018, he moved to Vienna. Since then, he has enjoyed working on Open House productions as a playwright and assistant director.

Irish soprano Anne Marie is one of the founding members of Restless Ecstasy. She studied at the Conservatory of Music, Dublin, under the tutelage of Mary Brennan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours, and received the Paul McNamara gold medal for excellence in performance. She completed her Masters in Voice at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O'Neill.

Roles include First Mother Dead Man Walking​ and Handmaiden Turandot​ (Opera Ireland), Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte ​(Longborough Opera Festival on tour), Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito (Giornata Opera), La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro (Zêzere Arts Festival), Helena A Midsummer Night's Dream (Co-Opera Co.), Angelica Suor Angelica (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Zêzere Arts Festival), Madame Silberklang Der Schausieldirektor and La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi​ (St. Paul's Summertime Opera), Mimi La Boheme (Verdandi Camerata), Frau Fluth Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar) and Violetta La Traviata ​(Mediterranean Opera Festival).

She was a prizewinner at the Ballymena Feisceoil and the Feis Ceoil and reached the semi-final of the Inaugural Elizabeth Connel Prize for Dramatic Sopranos.

Anne Marie recently made her acting debut in an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Open House Theatre Vienna.

CD credits include The Silver Hound: songs by Betty Roe

Jessica is a bit of a theatre veteran, having spent most of her adult life working in the theatre in one job or another. As comfortable off stage as on, there are few things she hasn’t done to the keep a show running. She grew up in the South Wales valleys, training in performing arts at a local college. From there she’s had a varied career, highlands include working at the Edinburgh fringe festival as a lighting tech, writing a 30 minute comedy Western version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, and finally teaching drama to young students. She moved to Vienna in 2016 with her wife Lynda and Geri the African Grey parrot. These days she’s never happier that being surrounded by tech or being in a theatre. If she can do both, its even better. Away from The stage, Jessica works as a aviation journalist and a 3D game asset designer. Jessica has become a regular at Open House Theatre, having previously worked on ‘The Effect’ and 'A Christmas Carol'.