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Actors’ Summit Theater presents ‘Photograph 51’

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In collaboration with The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall as part of “The Contemporaries Series”

Actors Summit (Akron’s professional theater) will be presenting the regional premiere of Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51”. The show will have a preview performance on January 16, 2014 with an official opening on January 17 and will close on February 2. Performance times are 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. All performances will take place at Greystone Hall located at 103 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio. The show is considered appropriate for all ages. A free dessert reception will follow the opening night performance on Friday, January 17.

It is 1951 and Rosalind Franklin is a scientist with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (class of 1945). In post war America female scientists were the exception and while her male colleagues are addressed as “Doctor”, Rosalind is simply addressed as “Miss”.

From 1951 through 1953, Franklin was a researcher at King’s College in London, England. Because of her quest for “absolute precision” in her research she could be abrasive at times with those not dedicated to research as she was which led to her being labeled “unfeminine” during her tenure at the college.

“Photograph 51” is in reference to an x-ray diffraction picture that Rosalind took in 1952 of strands of DNA. It is from this photograph and her own detailed calculations that James Watson and Frances Crick were able to construct the first model of the double helix structure of DNA for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize. Franklin’s contribution was never acknowledged by either Watson or Crick.

The cast of “Photograph 51” consists of Sally Groth* as Rosalind Franklin, Arthur Chu as Francis Crick, Benjamin Gregg as James Watson, Keith E. Stevens* as Maurice Wilkins and Zach Griffin as Ray Gosling.

*indicates members of Actors’ Equity

Tickets for Photograph 51 are on sale now through the box office at 330-374-7568 and online at actorssummit.org. Preview tickets are $20. Tickets for all other performances: $33 for adults, $28 for seniors over 65; and $10 for all full time students under 30.

Actors Equity’s theater is located on the sixth floor of historic Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. The facility features barrier free access, free parking, and full bar service.

More information is available at Actors’ Summit website: www.actorssummit.org.

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