Nick McLoughlin | Miranda Wynne | Chloé Hung | Lindsey Moore Ford
Produced by the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society
“The play illustrates with its actual characters, and its references to those in Friends,
that human connection is the most powerful tool we have for a good and rich life.”
— JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
“It’s not often that you experience something that makes you take a look at yourself, and from there, makes
you want to be a better person. “The One with Friends” provides just that kind of experience…a sweet and
sensitive story that is sure to remind you that a little kindness goes a long way.”
“The play opened up my mind on what it’s like for someone living with major depression
and how the arts can be so powerful, especially during the times you need it most.”
“You brought a sensitive topic onto the stage and presented it in a way that was entertaining, relatable,
humorous, enlightening, and inspiring. The show was expertly written and directed,
and the actors did a spot-on performance. I left feeling changed.”
“A truly meaningful and funny and smart play with a lovely cast that conveys its complexity and hope.”
“It was warm, funny, and very touching.”
“It was absolutely wonderful and powerful. I teared up during some parts and laughed during the rest. It was a triumph.”
A Special World Mental Illness Awareness Week Event
Presented by the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society
The One With Friends
World Premiere on October 7th & October 9th, 2016 at UCLA
December 3rd & December 4th, 2016 in NYC
January 27th, 2017 as a Guest Production on the Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage
We Truly Thank Everyone Who Attended and Supported This Project
and All Your Kind Words About the Play!
The One With the Press Articles
- KPCC: “Can a Play Change Attitudes About Depression?” by Stephanie O’Neill
- Huffington Post: “Play Explores Mental Health and Friendship with Beloved TV Show as a Backdrop” by Eugene Gillespie
- JAMA Arts and Medicine: The One With Friends by Lloyd I. Sederer, MD
- The Mighty: “The One Where Friends Helped Me Get Through Depression” by Joseph Mango
- Santa Monica Daily Press: “‘Friends’ De-stigmatizes Depression” by Marina Andalon
- Daily Bruin: “Theater meets psychiatry in play about mental illness and ‘Friends’” by Emily McCormick
The One Where We Tell You About the Play
In a Santa Monica coffee shop, a struggling actor with depression and no confidence strikes up a conversation with a stranger–an assignment by his therapist. The stranger turns out to be an aspiring TV writer who is going through a depressed time herself and just happens to be writing the reunion episode for the beloved TV show Friends as a fun side project. As the two begin their road to getting to know each other (without the help of social media, apps, or phones) they find connection and healing through the beloved sitcom and soon discover that six “Friends” (Chandler, Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, and Phoebe) can change their lives.
The play runs approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.
The One Where We Tell You About the Research Study
This project is part of our center’s Narratives Project, which explores the effective use of patient narratives, media and creative arts to stimulate support, sharing and reflection to increase coping and compassion for mental illness. “The One With Friends” play will explore how the arts (TV, theatre, film) can help promote healing and help de-stigmatize depression when accurately portrayed. For this, the audience will be given the option to participate in a short anonymous survey to complete before and after the play to help us measure how the arts helps promote healing and to also measure depression stigma.
Click Here for More Information Regarding the Research Study and to View the Details About Your Participation in the Study.
If You or Someone You Know is in Crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.
The One Where We Give Special Thanks
Bonnie Zima | Elizabeth Lizaola | Kenneth Wells | Armen Arevian | Bowen Chung | Sheryl Kataoka | Matthew Plaia | Rosalinda Cárdenas | Erika Orellana
Kathy Dezeeuw | Alejandro Castro | Gene Gillespie | Mark Wheeler | KPCC | Daily Bruin | The Mighty
UCLA Center for Health Services and Society | UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center | NYU Tisch School of the Arts