Scientific breakthroughs allow us to know more about ourselves than ever before. But how much do we want to know — and who gets to decide how that information is used? Based on a true story, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science vs. belief and whether our DNA is our destiny.

Informed Consent was originally commissioned by The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. Additional funding for this production was also provided by the EST/Sloan Project.

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Informed Consent

April 23 - May 18, Second Stage - Thrust Configuration

written by Deborah Zoe Laufer
directed by Sean Daniels
co-produced with Geva Theatre Center

Runtime:
approx. 90 minutes, no intermission

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From Left: Larissa FastHorse as Three, Gilbert Cruz as Four, Jessica Wortham as Jillian, and Tina Fabrique as Five in the Cleveland Play House production of Informed Consent in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, April 23-May 18, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton. From Left: Gilbert Cruz as Ken and Jessica Wortham as Jillian in the Cleveland Play House production of Informed Consent in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, April 23-May 18, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton. From Left: Jessica Wortham as Jillian, Gilbert Cruz as Four, Larissa FastHorse as Arella, Tina Fabrique as Five, and Fajer Al-Kaisi as Two in the Cleveland Play House production of Informed Consent in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, April 23-May 18, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton. From Left: Gilbert Cruz as Ken, Larissa FastHorse as Arella, Jessica Wortham as Jillian, and Tina Fabrique as Dean Hagen in the Cleveland Play House production of Informed Consent in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, April 23-May 18, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton. From Left: Jessica Wortham as Jillian, Gilbert Cruz as Four, Tina Fabrique as Five, Fajer Al-Kaisi as Graham, and Larissa FastHorse as Arella in the Cleveland Play House production of Informed Consent in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare, April 23-May 18, 2014. Photo by Taylor Crichton. From Left: Tina Fabrique as Five and Jessica Wortham as Jillian in Informed Consent. Photo by Colin Huth. From Left: Larissa FastHorse as Arella, Gilbert Cruz as Ken, Fajer Al-Kaisi as Two, Jessica Wortham as Jillian, and Tina Fabrique as Five in Informed Consent. Photo by Ken Huth. From Left: Jessica Wortham as Jillian, Gilbert Cruz as Four, Larissa FastHorse as Natalie, Fajer Al-Kaisi as Graham, and Tina Fabrique as Five in Informed Consent. Photo by Ken Huth. Tina Fabrique as Five in Informed Consent. Photo by Ken Huth. From Left: Jessica Wortham as Jillian, Fajer Al-Kaisi as Graham, Gilbert Cruz as Four, Tina Fabrique as Five, and Larissa FastHorse as Arella in Informed Consent. Photo by Ken Huth. From Left: Tina Fabrique as Five and Jessica Wortham as Jillian in Informed Consent. Photo by Ken Huth.
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...beautifully woven, cleverly conceived and highly entertaining...

- Cleveland Jewish News, Cleveland

Engrossing... the kind of work live theater needs more of...

- Plain Dealer, Cleveland

See this play...

- Examiner.com, Cleveland

A must see production! Excellent on so many levels. Very provocative, unsettling, thought-provoking more and very relevant.

- JM, Pepper Pike

Powerful. The lead felt everything she was communicating and I felt it too.

- db, gates mills, oh

Another winning CPH production! A stunning performance of a play that left me stunned. more Recommend it highly.

- Marti, Broadview Heights

I thought it was very well done. I have worked with the Havasupi and was more transported back to the base if the Grand Canyon where they are from!! Good job!!

- Donald W., Pepper Pike

A well-crafted play and extraordinary performances. Among the best I've seen this season. Thank you more for a thought-provoking evening that will stay with me for a long time.

- Teresa A., Lakewood

This is the BEST play I have seen in my 20 years as a subscriber. more The acting was excellent, story compelling, ideas riveting. The moral issues presented left us talking for several days.

- Rosemary L., Cleveland Heights, OH

The presentation was clever but would have been more enjoyable of I could have heard more all the words.

- DSD, PEPPER PIKE

The acting & actors were superb. However, the story line was difficult to follow & more stay awake.

- EHR, Pepper Pike

Lots to take in. A bit heavy, but well done.

- Bob & Vicki, Mentor

"Informed Consent" is a show worth seeing and thinking about. I found it to be more very disturbing while extremely powerful. The acting is superb and the direction creatively supportive.

- Charlene B., Euclid

Loved it! Very thought provoking! The actress who plays Jillian is amazing! Brought me to more tears more than once! A must see!





- Rb, Bay village

The play was very powerful and the acting superb. It raises several timely issues, more especially one about who is allowed to have knowledge of one's genome and what can they do with it. I am recommending the play to several people. I would have liked to have a talk back at the end of the play.

- CSK, Painesville

This has been a great season and "Informed Consent" continued the trend. The audience is more plunged into the story immediately. The actors move adeptly from character to character, place to space without ever losing us. The conflict of science over belief systems sounds dusty, but is never dry or pedagogical. The eclecticism of the cast works and works and works again. The five actors were perfectly balanced. What a great idea to include this in the subscription series. I want more and there is more.

- Marti F., Reminderville

I've attended many plays but I have never seen the main character cry at the more end. It was very touching, and the play itself was thought provoking. I completely changed my mind about wanting to know if I have inherited a genetic disorder. I don't!

- sjbyrne, Garrettsville Ohio

Fabulous......one of the best productions I have seen at the Play House. The acting was more powerful and the story line thought provoking. The intimacy of the Second Stage Theatre made it a perfect venue. The show was perfectly cast as all the actors were outstanding. I highly recommend this show.

- GSA, Pepper Pike

I had not attended a play in Second Stage before and I liked that theater more quite a bit. We also sat in the first row and there was a wonderful sense of connection with the fine actors. I thought the set design was great too. I found the actual play rather wordy and repetitious and there was no big dramatic climax for me. While the ideas were epic, they did not connect or intersect well. I think I would have benefitted from attending the pre-show talk or a post-show Q&A. The notes in the playbill were helpful, but I was not able to read them until after the show was over. It did challenge me, but it also did not work for me despite excellent performances.

- Fran, Shaker Heights

This play was very thought-provoking, asking the question of what makes our identity -- our more genes or our history. The play also brings up issues of loyalty, honesty, parenthood and ethics. Does scientific research trump respect for other societies? "Informed Consent" has a wonderful cast all of whom played several roles very well. The play moved quickly and smoothly. It was a delight to watch.

- Lee H., Pepper Pike

We thought it was an exceptional show. The writing was superb and the acting magnificent.

- Karen S., Canton


...beautifully woven, cleverly conceived and highly entertaining...

- Cleveland Jewish News, Cleveland

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