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Apollinaire Theatre Company presents INFORMED CONSENT

An ambitious geneticist is hired to help solve why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions. With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, Informed Consent explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much. And who gets to decide?

Informed Consent was inspired by the case of the Havasupai Tribe who dwell deep in the Grand Canyon versus Arizona State University. In 1989, members of the Havasupai Tribe began giving DNA samples to a scientific team from Arizona State University in the hopes of discovering why they had such an extraordinarily high rate of diabetes. But ASU used the samples not just for testing for diabetes, but for a range of other diseases as well as geographical origins, which conflicted directly with their creation story. The tribe sued for damages and for the return of their DNA samples. The case was settled out of court in 2010, but the case and the issues it raised continue to be actively studied and debated.

Informed Consent stars Becca A. Lewis. Lewis was recently hailed for her role in Company One's Revolt. She said. Revolt Again. "Becca A Lewis is giving one of the year's most riveting performances" "Lewis is a marvel." She has collaborated with Apollinaire on 15 productions, the most recent being Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise and Detroit. She has also worked with several other local theatre companies including Zeitgeist Stage, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Theatre on Fire, The Gold Dust Orphans, and New Repertory Theatre.
Director Dale J. Young is best know to Boston audiences for his recent stage appearances: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lyric Stage Company), The Housekeeper (Fresh Ink), The Goat or Who is Sylvia (Bad Habit), The Farnsworth Invention (Flat Earth), and with Apollinaire Theatre Company roles in Greenland, Invasion, and Bocón. Dale is a proud member of the theatre faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he recently directed August: Osage County, and has been seen on stages around the country, including 14 years in the Off Loop Chicago Theatre scene.
Performances of Informed Consent are February 17-March 12, 2017
Feb. 17-25: Fri. & Sat. at 8:00,
Mar. 2-12: Thurs.-Sat at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00
Press Night: Sat. Feb. 18, 8:00

Performances are at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.

Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance, $15 students

Tickets can be purchased by calling (617) 887-2336 or on-line at
Information and directions at

Performances will be followed by a Reception with the actors in the Gallery.

February 17-March 12, 2017
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.

Featuring: Becca A. Lewis, Paola M. Ferrer, Demetrius Fuller, Deniz Khateri, Arthur Waldstein
Directed by Dale J. Young
Sets: Jessica Pizzuti
Sound: Camilo Atehortua
Costumes: Elizabeth Rocha
Lighting: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Stage Manager/ASM: Alexa Lambert, Christine Truong

Running Time: approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

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