by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Benjamin T. Ismail
“A thoughtful and engrossing play…that raises questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs.” -The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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? An electrifying new play by one of the most exciting voices in American theater, INFORMED CONSENT is a powerful 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 INFORMED CONSENT takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our genetics defines our fate.
Is your DNA your destiny?
Scenic Designer: Jerid Fox
Lighting Designer: Dan Covey*
Costume Designer: Scott Daniel
Properties Master: Jerid Fox
Sound Designer: Benjamin T. Ismail
Production Stage Manager: Rachel Harrison*
JULIANA DAVIS* (Jillian – ONE) is thrilled to be back at American Stage after last being seen in THE 39 STEPS. Credits include: COLLECTED STORIES (Hippodrome), HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (Arvada Center), SHEAR MADNESS (Florida Studio Theatre), THE ELEPHANT MAN (Hippodrome), THE TAFFETAS (Denver Center), WEST SIDE STORY (Central City Opera), MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL (GFour Productions), PIPPIN (Arvada Center), LUCKY STIFF (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Arvada Center) and DOUBT (Lake Dillon Theatre Company).
JACOBI HOWARD (Graham – TWO) has recently finished the film MAINLINE (Zane) written and directed by Grant Conversano, DECIPHER (Ben) directed by Jacquie Barnbrook, COMMUTERS! A WEB SERIES (Dwayne, Los Angeles, CA) and the feature film WAR ROOM (2015) Directed by Sam Kendrick. His Theatre credits include MOTHER COURAGE! with academy award winning actress Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage), TOAST (Public Theatre), PACKING UP (Lincoln Center), THE SUNSET LIMITED (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center) MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Stephens Center), BROKEOLOGY (Anacostia Playhouse), Playwright of SOULSAMID (NC Black Theatre Festival), and Director of BULLYING (NC Black Rep.) Jacobi loves the arts and the influence it has had on the world. He is an avid reader, watcher of sports, a sometimes painter and he identifies as Christian. Family, Faith and Art are the three most important pillars in his Metéora. He is overwhelmed with excitement to establish a new relationship with American stage! You can follow him on social media @heisthejoat.
DANA SEGAL* (Arella & Others – THREE) is a working actress, environmentalist and professor. She has performed at The Edinburgh Festival, LABrynth, EST, Atlantic Theatre Company, Naked Angels, Drury Lane & The Culture Project. Dana spent 3 years on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and has been in numerous award winning Films, TV, Web and Animated Series including WINTER SOLSTICE, CURFEW (2014 Oscar Winner), RELATIONSHIP, DARIA, and CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH. You can see and hear Dana on TV in many commercials, shows and voice overs. A graduate of RADA, Second City & NYU (MFA). Ms. Segal is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Neo-Political Cowgirls and On The Road Repertory. She is the Winner of the 2014 LAWebfest Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy, 2015 Break Out Performance Award & creator of Livinggreeninthecitys.com. Dana taught Political Theatre at NYU, has designed numerous Drama Programs for inner city & indigenous youths and worked with The RSC performing Interactive Shakespeare with adult prisoners. Dana is thrilled to be making her American Stage debut and is grateful for the enduring support of her loving family. danasegal.com
MELANIE SOUZA* (Dean Hagan & Others – FIVE) is thrilled to be back at American Stage. A native Rhode Islander who now calls Sarasota, FL home. Melanie was last seen at American Stage in the Park’s IN THE HEIGHTS as Abuela Claudia and Sister Felicity in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER on the Main Stage. Regional Favorites: Sister Mary Martin of Tours in SISTER ACT, Roz in 9 TO 5, Bellomy in THE FANTASTICK’S and Trudy Hayman in SOCIAL SECURITY. Love to John & Carlo for all their Love and Support. www.melaniesouza.com
RICHARD B. WATSON* (Ken & Others – FOUR) was most recently seen as Selig in JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE, Sumner in the first national tour of CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE, and Peter Tchaikovsky in MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on Amazon; Orlando, Pennsylvania, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies; Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, Human Race, Merry-Go-Round, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Public, Coconut Grove, Pirate Playhouse, Sterling Renaissance, Disney World, and Wellfleet Harbor. Shakespeare credits include MACBETH, PERICLES, HENRY V, HENRY VIII, RICHARD III, KING JOHN, HAMLET, KING LEAR, OTHELLO, TEMPEST, TAMING OF THE SHREW, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, AS YOU LIKE IT, TITUS ANDRONICUS; John Adams in 1776, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Zach in A CHORUS LINE, Long John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND: A NEW MUSICAL, Applegate in DAMN YANKEES, George in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, CP Ellis in THE BEST OF ENEMIES, Sherlock Holmes in SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE WEST END HORROR, James Lawson in RACE, Squeers/Hawk in NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Film & TV credits include PS, I LOVE YOU; LAW & ORDER: CI; DELOCATED; ONION SPORTS NETWORK. Richard has an MFA from The Academy For Classical Acting.
Spotlight on…INFORMED CONSENT: FORUM
Monday, March 27th | 7pm
$5 for General Public
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members
Do our genetics define our fate? Do you really want to know the answer? INFORMED CONSENT asks us to look at our sense of identity and the influence of science on it. Join a panel of local experts for a lively discussion on the national and sometimes personal topic of ethics and research today.
SPECIAL GUESTS include
Vicki Stecher. Bioethicist, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at SPC and HCC
Tiffany Chenneville, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director Department of Psychology at USFSP, and Joint Appointment in the USF Health Department of Pediatrics
Special Thanks to
Deni Elliott, Chair of Media Ethics at Poynter, Chair of Journalism & Media at USF.
Spotlight on…INFORMED CONSENT: PROLOGUE
30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to INFORMED CONSENT ticket holders
Spotlight on…INFORMED CONSENT: CHATBACK
Thursday, March 23
Sunday, March 26
Sunday, April 02
Talk-back with the cast of INFORMED CONSENT
Spotlight on…INFORMED CONSENT: FOREWORD
Guest Speaker: INFORMED CONSENT Director Benjamin T. Ismail and Set Designer Jerid Fox
Date: Sunday, March 5 at 1PM
Take your theatre going experience to the next level through an informative and entertaining lecture. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of INFORMED CONSENT.
Wednesday, March 22 | Reception at 6PM | Show at 7PM
Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail.
Young American Night
Thursday, March 23 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM
Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy INFORMED CONSENT with BOGO Specialty Drinks.
YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstag
AMERICA: A MOSAIC | An Original Work from the 2016/17 Apprentices
March 22 – April 1 (Following Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances of INFORMED CONSENT)
Join the inaugural class of apprentices at American Stage as they go “In search of…” America. This original dramatic piece dares to ask the questions from the current season and seeks answers from the perspective of a new generation.
AMERICA: A MOSAIC paints a picture of our world’s difficulties and divisiveness, while finding inspiration to come together as a force for change.
This is a free event and does not require a ticket to INFORMED CONSENT.
*Performance begins 15 minutes after INFORMED CONSENT concludes.