An ambitious geneticist is hired to help solve why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions.
With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, Informed Consent explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much.
And who gets to decide?
Informed Consent was inspired by the case of the Havasupai Tribe who dwell deep in the Grand Canyon versus Arizona State University. In 1989, members of the Havasupai Tribe began giving DNA samples to a scientific team from Arizona State University in the hopes of discovering why they had such an extraordinarily high rate of diabetes. But ASU used the samples not just for testing for diabetes, but for a range of other diseases as well as geographical origins, which conflicted directly with their creation story. The tribe sued for damages and for the return of their DNA samples. The case was settled out of court in 2010, but the case and the issues it raised continue to be actively studied and debated.
Featuring: Becca A. Lewis, Paola M. Ferrer, Demetrius Fuller, Deniz Khateri, Arthur Waldstein
Directed by Dale J. Young
Sets: Jessica Pizzuti
Sound: Camilo Atehortua
Costumes: Elizabeth Rocha
Lighting: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Stage Manager/ASM: Alexa Lambert, Christine Truong
Running Time: approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Performances are followed by a reception with the Actors in the Gallery.
Deborah Zoe Laufer has had plays produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. Informed Consent opened at the Duke on 42nd Street, a co-production of Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation and appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre through a Sloan Grant. It received a rolling world premiere through the National New Play Network, and went on to receive over 50 productions. Other plays include Leveling Up, Sirens, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, and Random Acts. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award and grants and commissions from The Edgerton Foundation, the NEA and NNPN. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, The Eugene O'Neill NPC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ojai, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild, New Georges, The Lark, Asolo Rep. and the Baltic Playwrights Conference. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a member of The Dramatists Guild.
Director Dale J. Young is best know to Boston audiences for his recent stage appearances: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lyric Stage Company), The Housekeeper (Fresh Ink), The Goat or Who is Sylvia (Bad Habit), The Farnsworth Invention (Flat Earth), and with Apollinaire Theatre Company roles in Greenland, Invasion, and Bocón. Dale is a proud member of the theatre faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he recently directed August: Osage County, and has been seen on stages around the country, including 14 years in the Off Loop Chicago Theatre scene.
"If you've never seen a performance at the Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea,
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by Deborah Zoe Laufer
February 17-March 12
Feb. 17-25: Fri. & Sat. at 8:00,
Mar. 2-12: Thurs.-Sat at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00
Directed by Dale J. Young
Starring: Becca A. Lewis
"Lewis is a Marvel" -DigBoston
"thoughtful and engrossing" -New York Times
"It's the kind of work live theater needs more of – urgent, challenging and of the moment, grappling with concepts that scare us and intrigue us."
-The Cleveland Plain Dealer
by Carol Ann Duffy
April 7-May 6
Fri & Sat. at 8:00, Sun April 23 & 30 at 3:00
Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques
"What was originally church propaganda has been turned, in Carol Ann Duffy's stunning adaptation, into a scathing assault on the myopic materialism of the modern age and a reminder of our own mortality." -Guardian
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Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow and grew up in Stafford. She won the 1993 Whitbread Award for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best Collection for Mean Time. The World's Wife received the E. M. Forster Award in America, while Rapture won the T. S. Eliot Prize 2005. She is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her most recent volumes are New and Collected Poems for Children (2009) and The Bees (2011), which won the Costa Poetry Award. She is Poet Laureate.