Informed Consent OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 4, 2015
    Closing:
    September 13, 2015

    Theater: Duke on 42nd Street / 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    An electrifying new play by one of the most exciting voices in American theater, Informed Consent is an "urgent, challenging, and of-the-moment" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) drama about one woman's quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life, inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon. In the past year alone, Deborah Zoe Laufer has had over 20 productions of her plays performed throughout the country and we are thrilled to present Informed Consent in its Off-Broadway Premiere in a co-production with Ensemble Studio Theatre as part of their Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project, directed by Liesl Tommy (Appropriate, The Good Negro).

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Informed Consent

    ‘Informed Consent’ Tests the Ethics of Genetic Research

    Charles Isherwood

    August 18, 2015: In “Informed Consent,” a thoughtful and engrossing play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a research scientist specializing in genetic diseases finds herself embroiled in controversy when her fierce dedication to her work, and her deeply personal reasons for pursuing it, lead her into murky ethical waters. Jillian, played with take-no-prisoners intensity by Tina Benko, is a genetic anthropologist whom we first meet in a rare moment of repose. She’s writing a letter to Natalie, who we soon learn is her young daughter. Trying to cast what she has to say in child-friendly terms, she begins on a storybook note: “Once upon a time ... There was a mother. Who had a monster sleeping inside her.” Realizing that this is perhaps a little too scary, she discards the idea and, at the urging of voices inside her head, tries a softer approach. (The voices are provided by the rest of the play’s cast of five.) “There was a mother who loved her little girl so much,” she writes, “that she would do anything to save her.”

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