This fall, two plays developed through the Alfred P Sloan Foundation's partnership with New York's Ensemble Studio Theater (EST) will see new productions, with Informed Consent premiering in New York and Photograph 51 opening internationally in the United Kingdom.
Informed Consent, the new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, will make its Off-Broadway Premiere at The Duke in New York on August 4th, and will run through September 13th, 2015. Informed Consent tells the story of a genetic anthropologist researching diabetes and a legal battle between the University and the Native American tribe she was studying when the tribe discovered that their DNA was being used to research a host of other diseases. Due to the early excitement generated by the play, Informed Consent will be presented by EST in a co-production with Primary Stages.
In London, the Sloan-supported play Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, about Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to the discovery of DNA, will open at the Noel Coward Theater in September 2015. The play, which is also in development as a feature film with Rachel Weisz attached, was produced in New York at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2010 with support from both the Manhattan Theatre Club-Sloan and EST-Sloan partnerships. This new U.K. production will star Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and will be directed by Michael Grandage. Anna Ziegler is also the recipient of an EST-Sloan commission currently in development as well as an MTC-Sloan commissioning grant for new work Boy, which deals with issues of gender reassignment and parenting.
The Ensemble Studio Theatre is the recipient of a current three-year Sloan grant to commission, develop, produce, and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country.