Secret Order

William Shumway, a young, idealistic cellular biologist with a brilliant new idea for curing cancer, is recruited from a relative obscurity to Hill-Matheson, a major cancer research institute, by its charismatic director, Bob Brock, with the offer of his own lab and all the resources he will need to pursue that idea.

Play title:  Secret Order

Author (s):  Bob Clyman

Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing Inc

Publication Date: 2014 (Broadway Play Publishing)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Biology

Secondary Discipline: Medicine

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men, 1 Woman

William Shumway, Robert Brock, Alice Curiton, Saul Roth

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: William Shumway, a young, idealistic cellular biologist with a brilliant new idea for curing cancer, is recruited from a relative obscurity to Hill-Matheson, a major cancer research institute, by its charismatic director, Bob Brock, with the offer of his own lab and all the resources he will need to pursue that idea.  As the pressure to show publishable results begins to build, fueled by unexpected competition from a rival lab at Oxford and the politically agile head of another department who has resentfully seen his own budget slashed to free up more funding for Shumway’s lab, his research suddenly hits a snag. He is faced with having to choose between full disclosure of the problem, which would jeopardize the funding he needs, and making the more expedient decision to bend the rules just a little, which will buy him enough additional time to solve the problem. https://www.bobclyman-playwright.com/secret-order.html

First Performance Date: April 8th, 2002

First Producer: Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Alfred P Sloan

Performance History: Secret Order was commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Alfred P Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and received its world premiere at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York on April 8th, 2002. It was directed by Jamie Richards with set by Bruce Goodrich, lighting design by Michael Lincoln, costume design by Amela Baksic, sound design by Robert Gould, and the production stage manager was Timothy Gallagher. It was also produced Off-Broadway by Merrimack Repertory Theatre and it received its opening at 59E59 Theatres (Theatre A) in New York on November 9th, 2007.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/theater/reviews/20secr.html

https://variety.com/2003/legit/reviews/the-secret-order-1200541335/

http://www.curtainup.com/secretorder.html

https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/secret-order_12075.html

http://theaterlife.com/secret-order/

http://www.starkinsider.com/2010/10/theater-review-secret-order-a-question-of-ethics-at-sj-rep.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations                  

                                 

2007, 59E59 Theatres, Photo: Carol Rosegg                                  2010, San Jose Repertory Theatre,

                                                                                                       Photo: Kevin Berne                 

                                        

2010, San Jose Repertory Theatre,                                                  2010, San Jose Repertory Theatre,

Photo: Kevin Berne                                                                           Photo: Kevin Berne

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