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Informed Consent
2016/17 Season

Informed Consent
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
January 12 - February 12, 2017

Ambitious geneticist Jillian races to solve scientific mysteries that could save both an ancient people and her own family. She jumps at the chance to do groundbreaking research on a Native tribe in the Grand Canyon whose members are ravaged by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy the tribe's most sacred traditions. At the same time, Jillian and her husband confront a time bomb lurking in her own DNA – and possibly their four-year-old daughter's. This provocative new play from acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer asks: are our identities defined by our bodies or by our most sacred stories?
Cast & Production Team

Samantha Bowling as Three/Arella  •  Justin Jain as Four/Ken  •  Maria Konstantinidis as Five/Mother  •  Kittson O'Neill as One/Jillian  •  Lindsay Smiling as Two/Graham

Lance Kniskern, Scenic Designer  •  Natalia de la Torre, Costume Designer  •  Lily Fossner, Lighting Designer  •  Larry D. Fowler, Jr., Sound Designer & Composer  •  Nicholas Hussong, Projection Designer  •  Avista Custom Theatrical Services, Props Master  •  Tim Martin, Artistic Consultant  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager  •  Meghan Jones, Production Manager
News & Reviews

"[Kittson] O'Neill gives a towering performance. Laufer's taut play invites us to investigate our own sense of what is ethical, and how far it is acceptable to go to find an "objective" truth." –Talkin' Broadway

"Informed Consent is a play filled with big ideas and a central character who struggles with them. And though that character stumbles at times, the play is filled with a richness and range that will give you a lot to think about." –DC Metro Theater Arts

"Lantern Theater Company's production of Informed Consent explores ethical issues raised by scientific achievement through well-drawn characters." –Broad Street Review

"Remarkable ensemble cast... This insightful production that pits knowledge and modern technology against sacred human values is both fast-paced and thought-provoking. Make plans to see it while seats are still available." –Beyond My Backyard

"Get ready to cry, laugh, and everything in between... This raw yet wonderfully entertaining tale takes you on an engrossing rollercoaster of emotions that will leave you with a broader understanding of both beauty and the pitfalls of modern-day science and the morality that comes with it." –PA Theatre Guide
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