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Loyola Presents Informed Consent

Loyola press release - March 19, 2018

Loyola Presents a provocative new play by acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer that asks if our identities are defined by our bodies or by our most sacred stories.

Next month, Loyola Presents Deborah Zoe Laufer’s thought-provoking play Informed Consent. Based on a true story, the play tackles questions of identity and scientific ethics.

Directed by James Will McBride, chair and associate professor of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance as well as the artistic director of Loyola University Theatre, Informed Consent is the story of ambitious geneticist Jillian, who 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 American 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 that of their four-year-old daughter.

Informed Consent closely ties into our season’s theme of ‘Seeking Truth’,” said Dr. Laura Hope, theatre department chair and artistic director of Loyola Theatre. “At what cost do we pursue scientific research? Is knowledge of the truth worth it if it contradicts our treasured stories we pass down from generation to generation?”

Like all performances in the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance’s 2017-18 theatre season, the play celebrates the theme of “Seeking Truth.” All of this season’s productions are also tied to Jesuit values.

Loyola Presents Informed Consent will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13- 14, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19 – 21 at Loyola University New Orleans’ Lower Depths Theatre at 6363 St. Charles Avenue.Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Loyola staff, and $10 for students. Group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online at presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu, or calling (504) 865-2074 for ticket information or (504) 865-3840 to reach Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

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