Tomorrow nightmarks the Off-Broadway opening of Deborah Zoe Laufer's play Informed Consent, co-produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre through their current three-year Sloan grant to commission, develop, produce, and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country. The play, which has been in previews since August 4th, opens officially on August 18th at the Duke on 42nd Street.
Informed Consent tells the story of a genetic anthropologist researching diabetes and a legal battle between her University and the Native American tribe she was studying after the tribe discovered that their DNA was being used to research a host of other diseases. Inspired by the the real-life landmark case involving the Havasupai Tribe of the Grand Canyon and Arizona State University, the play tackles many of the challenges facing scientists today, including the oft controversial intersection of science and religion and the blurred ethical lines of genetic research.
Co-presented by EST and Primary Stages, the play is directed by Liesl Tommy and features Tina Benko, Pun Bandhu, Jesse J. Perez, DeLanna Studi, and Myra Lucretia Taylor. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the Duke box office.