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Cleveland Play House to present ‘Informed Consent’ at Second Stage

This work was inspired by the real life court case that pitted the Havasupai Indian tribe against Arizona State University that has been in the center of debate and controversy.
This work was inspired by the real life court case that pitted the Havasupai Indian tribe against Arizona State University that has been in the center of debate and controversy.
Cleveland Play House

Opening night is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014 and the play will run through Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cleveland Playhouse continues its stellar season with the world premiere production of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s “Informed Consent” which is co-produced by Geva Theatre Center. This work was inspired by the real life court case that pitted the Havasupai Indian tribe against Arizona State University that has been in the center of debate and controversy. The play is directed by Sean Daniels and is sponsored by the CWRU School of Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth. “Informed Consent” is the centerpiece of CPH’s 2014 New Ground Festival and will run from April 23 to May 18, 2014 in the Second Stage Theatre.

“Informed Consent” was originally inspired by an item that ran in the New York Times concerning the Havasupai Tribe who has lived in the Grand Canyon area for generations. In the 1990’s, the tribe gave its consent to an Arizona State University professor to test their blood after diabetes began to ravage the tribe members. Against the tribe’s knowledge, another ASU professor used the blood samples for research in schizophrenia, inbreeding and migration patterns for which they had not consented to. The problems rose in the tribal belief that a person cannot pass into the afterlife without their blood.

On the one side of the argument you have the tribe with their belief system that has been handed down for generations. On the other you have Jillian, a genetic anthropologist who is racing against time to find a cure for early-onset Alzheimer’s which took her mother, threatens Jillian and will most probably attack her daughter. Jillian is brought in to conduct a study on diabetes that is affecting members of the Havasupai tribe and while doing so conducts a series of unauthorized tests for her Alzheimer’s research that clashes with the tribe’s beliefs as well as questioning Jillian’s ethics.

“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.

The design team for “Informed Consent” includes Michael Raiford (Scenic Designer), Amanda L. Doherty (Costume Designer), Brian J. Lilienthal (Lighting Designer), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer). Stage Manager for this production of “Informed Consent” will be Jennifer Matheson Collins.

Informed Consent Special Events

New Ground Theatre Festival
April 26, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

From the Mainstage Centerpiece Production to lines fresh from the playwright's pen, and everything in between, New Ground puts new play development center stage. Join Informed Consent playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, as well as our 2014 Roe Green Award winner and nationally-known local playwrights, for this revealing conversation about new work.

15th Humanism &
The Healing Arts Multidisciplinary Conference
April 29, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CPH has joined forces with the Summa Health System for this one-day symposium which, like Informed Consent, combines Art and Science in a truly unique way. Join CPH artistic staff and Informed Consent cast, as well as a diverse group of medical professionals, for this one-of-a-kind event.
Presentation and Panel Discussion: Presentation by Cleveland Play House staff and actors from the play Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Kirk A Stiffler, MD, MPH, FACEP - Director, Emergency Medicine Research Center and Chair, Institutional Review Board, Summa Health System.
Cristie Cole, JD, Fellow, Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, Member of the Mohawk Nation (aka Akwesasne).
Cleveland Play House staff and actors.
The Summa Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Talkback: “Informed Consent”

May 04, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 06, 2014
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
May 11, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stay after the show to continue the conversation our plays start! TalkBacks offer the chance to interact with the cast, creative team, local experts and fellow playgoers in an open and lively Q&A about the play and the questions it raises.

Pre-show Conversations - Free for all ticketholders!

Free for all ticket holders! These fun and interactive 25-minute conversations happen right before the show in the Allen Theatre Complex. Pull back the curtain early and connect with the play in an engaging and relaxed setting, beginning 45 minutes before every subscription performance.

Ticket Information

“Informed Consent” will take place April 23 – May 18, 2014 in the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each. Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price. Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine. To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit Groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

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