Relationship-Themed Empathitrax to Debut Off-Broadway | Playbill

News Relationship-Themed Empathitrax to Debut Off-Broadway Ana Nogueira’s drama offers a pill that promises instant emotional intimacy for couples.
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Ana Nogueira’s Empathitrax, a new drama about a pill that promises instant emotional intimacy for couples, will debut Off-Broadway this fall. The play is billed as a “searing, darkly funny” story of a young couple who turn to medicine in the hope of saving their relationship.

Presented by Colt Coeur, the company returns Off-Broadway following its acclaimed production of Cal in Camo. Performances will begin at HERE September 10 with direction by Adrienne Campbell-Holt; an official opening night is set for September 13.

“When Empathitrax hits the market promising instant emotional intimacy by divining what others feel, one couple takes the leap to eliminate all boundaries between them,” state production notes. “Like any new drug, there are unforeseen side effects which in this instance have poignant and shattering consequences.”

The cast includes Justine Lupe (Younger), Genesis Oliver (How to Live on Earth) and Michael Stahl-David (Buzzer), who currently stars with playwright Nogueira in Engagements Off-Broadway.

The scenic design for Empathitrax is by Reid Thompson; costume design is by Sarah Laux; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Matt Otto; properties design is by Shannon O’Brien; production management is by Michael Leahy; and technical direction is by Sean Gorski. Colt Coeur is producing, with Jessica Rieken as line-producer, and Nick Walsh as associate producer.

Empathitrax will play at HERE, located at 145 Sixth Avenue, New York. Tickets are $18 general admission and may be purchased at or by phoning (212) 3520-3101. For more information, visit

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