Informed Consent

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide?

Play title:  Informed Consent

Author (s):  Deborah Zoe Laufer

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 2015

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Genetics

Secondary Discipline: Biology

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 2 Men, 3 Women

One/Jillian, Two/Graham, Three/Natalie/Arella, Four/Ken/Lawyer/Little Girl at the Book Nook/Joan, Five/Dean Hagan/Jillian’s Mother/Sheila

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between a Native American tribe and a Arizona University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science versus belief, and whether DNA is out destiny.

First Performance Date: August 4th, 2015

First Producer: Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre

Performance History: Informed Consent was first produced in New York by Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder and Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) and Ensemble Studio Theatre (William Carden, Artistic Director; Paul Slee, Executive Director) at the Duke on 42nd Street on August 4th, 2015. The performance was directed by Liesl Tommy, with sets by Wilson Chin, costumes by Jacob A. Climer, lights by Matthew Richards, sound and original music by Broken Chord, projections by Jeanette OI-Suk Yew, and props by Christine Goldman. The Production Stage Manager was Robbie Kyle Peters.

Informed Consent received its world premiere on March 18th, 2014 in co-production between Geva Theatre Center in rochester New York (Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director; Tom Parrish, Executive Director) and the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, Ohio (Laura Kepley, Artistic Director; Kevin Moore, Managing Director) in association with Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project. The performance was directed by Sean Daniels, with sets by Michael Raiford, costumes by Amanda Doherty, lights by Brian Lilienthal, sound by Matthew Callahan, and dramaturgy by Jenn Wener. The Production Stage Manager was Frank Cavallo.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/theater/review-informed-consent-tests-the-ethics-of-genetic-research.html

https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/informed-consent

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/621657

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/theater-arts/informed-consent-review-indian-history-meets-family-drama-article-1.2329536

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/01/21/review-informed-consent-lantern-theater-company/

http://www.news-herald.com/article/hr/20140501/NEWS/140439991

https://nypost.com/2015/08/18/informed-consent-pits-science-against-beliefs/

http://www.curtainup.com/informedconsent15.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO6S4RiCVRw

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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