The Nora Theatre Company Presents Anna Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51
The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present Photograph 51 from March 14 to April 15, 2019 and is directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. The press performance is Monday, March 18 at 7:30PM. Photograph 51 is a Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production and is part of The Brit d'Arbeloff Women in Science Production Series
London, 1952. British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin is a research associate at King's College, where her X-ray imaging has revealed DNA's double helix structure. This discovery leads to the Nobel Prize - not for her, but for three men: Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson, and Maurice Wilkins. Recounting the competitive chase to map the DNA molecule, Photograph 51, moves deeper into the #MeToo movement and examines the pervasiveness of gender bias. This production celebrates the anniversaries of The Nora, URT, and CST! Photograph 51 is part of The Brit d'Arbeloff Women in Science Production Series. A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production.
Photograph 51 plays at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge from March 14 to April 14, 2019. Tickets may be purchased by calling 617.576.9278 x1, at the Central Square Theater box office, or online at CentralSquareTheater.org
About Anna Ziegler
Anna Ziegler (playwright) is an award-winning playwright whose play PHOTOGRAPH 51 won London's 2016 WhatsOnStage award for Best New Play. It was selected as a "Best of the Year" play by The Washington Post (twice) and The Telegraph. Her play BOY was nominated for the 2016 John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle. In 2017, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen Playhouse premiered her play ACTUALLY (winner of the Ovation Award in Los Angeles for Playwriting of an Original Play), and The Roundabout Theatre Company produced THE LAST MATCH. Her work has also been produced on the West End (PHOTOGRAPH 51, starring Nicole Kidman, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress) and at The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Playwrights Realm, City Theatre, and many more, and developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, The O'Neill Playwrights Conference, NY Stage & Film, Soho Rep and the Cape Cod Theatre Project, amongst others. She holds commissions from The Roundabout, The Geffen Playhouse, Second Stage Theater, Seattle Rep, and Grove/Whitman Productions. Anna is developing a television series for HBO and a screenplay for Scott Free Productions. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One.
About Director Rebecca Bradshaw
Rebecca Bradshaw (Director) is a theatre director and producer in the Boston area. Directing credits include: Rebecca Gilman's LUNA GALE (Stoneham Theatre), Joshua Harmon's BAD JEWS (SpeakEasy Stage), Charles Mee's BIG LOVE (Brandeis University), Stephen Karam's SPEECH AND DEBATE (Bad Habit Productions), David Mamet's OLEANNA and John Logan's RED (The Umbrella), William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST and Mary Zimmerman's THE SECRET IN THE WINGS (Weston Drama Workshop), Obehi Janice's FUFU & OREOS and MJ Halberstadt's NOT JENNY (Bridge Rep), Timberlake Wertenbaker's THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE (Hub Theatre of Boston), MJ Halberstadt's THE DA VINCI COMMISSION (Can't Wait Productions), Patrick Gabridge's FIRE ON EARTH (Fresh Ink Theatre), and Mark Mazzenga's A FEEBLE MIND (Brown Box Theatre Project). She has directed for other local institutions, including Huntington Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Emerson College, and Harvard University. Ms. Bradshaw holds a BA from Emerson College in Theatre Studies. RebeccaLynnBradshaw.com
About the Cast of Frankenstein
Barlow Adamson (Maurice Wilkins) is happy to be back at Central Square Theater and working once again with The Nora (Marjorie Prime, Operation Epsilon, On The Verge, The Swan, Stop Kiss). He has performed on many other local stages including, among others: Underground Railway Theater (Paradise, Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M.); Speakeasy Stage Company (Small Mouth Sounds, Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind, Reckless, Almost Maine, Fuddy Meers); Huntington Theatre Company (The Maiden's Prayer, A Month In The Country); Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Chinglish, Time Stands Still, The Scene, Private Lives, Noises Off, Red Herring); Bridge Repertory Theater (Sixty Miles To Silver Lake); Gloucester Stage Company (The Norman Conquests, Dinner With Friends); New Repertory Theatre (A Christmas Story), Boston Playwrights' Theatre (Elemeno Pea - 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor, Small/Fringe, The Honeytrap, Reconsidering Hanna/h, Matters Familias). Barlow was an artistic associate of the Mill 6 Collaborative and directed its productions of Shakespeare's R+J, Bunbury: A Serious Play For Trivial People, and The Monster Tales. He also directed the world premieres of John J King's From Denmark With Love and Bear Patrol for Vaquero Playground.
Stacy Fischer (Rosalind Franklin) was last seen with the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Insignificance. Other Central Square Theater productions include Distracted (Underground Railway Theater), Hysteria (The Nora - winner of Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress), and The Secret Love Life of Ophelia. Some of Stacy's most recent Boston area credits include: Ripe Frenzy (New Repertory Theatre), The Weir (Harbor Stage Company), Franklin (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Luna Gale (Stoneham Theatre), and Necessary Monsters (Speakeasy Stage). Stacy has performed in numerous theatres in the Boston area including: Gloucester Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, North Shore Music Theatre, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theatre. She is a graduate of Emerson College, and is a founding member of Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, MA.
Josh Gluck (Raymond Gosling) is very excited to be making his Central Square Theater debut with the Nora Theatre Company, and to be bringing this valuable story to life. He spent the fall touring with New Repertory Theatre's Classic Repertory Company (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Animal Farm). Other recent credits include Intimate Apparel (Boston University), Mary Poppins (Prescott Park Arts Festival), and Almost, Maine (Hackmatack Playhouse). Josh graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting.
Jesse Hinson (Donald Casper) is excited to be making his Central Square Theater debut. Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Speakeasy Stage Company: Shakespeare in Love. Actors' Shakespeare Project: Exit the King, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, King Henry VI Part 2, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra. New Repertory Theater: The Whipping Man, Holiday Memories. Greater Boston Stage Company: Seminar, Miracle on 34th Street. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater: As You Like It, Arcadia, The Winter's Tale, Morality Play. Berkshire Theatre Group: The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, A Christmas Carol. Georgia Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, Cymbeline. Jesse earned an MFA in acting at Brandeis University and a BA in theatre at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University.
John Tracy (Francis Crick) is back at the Nora after Les Liaisons Dangereuses last year. He is the Associate Producer for Bridge Repertory Theater, where you may have caught him in The Launch Prize, Julius Caesar or, if you were really lucky, as Cleopatra. Other theaters: Trinity Repertory Company, Baltimore Center Stage, REV Theatre Co, Huntington Theatre Company, and a few rounds of the Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals. BFA The University of the Arts, MFA Brown University.
Michael Underhill (James Watson) is thrilled to be making his Central Square Theater and Nora Theatre Company debut with Photograph 51. His recent credits include Man In The Ring (Huntington Theatre Company), Richmond in Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Joseph Surface in School for Scandal (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Actor #1 in The Hotel Nepenthe (Brownbox Theatre Project), Hero in Hairy Tales (imaginary beasts), and C.B. in Dog Sees God (Happy Medium Theatre), as well as productions at Greater Boston Stage Company, Whistler in The Dark, Maiden Phoenix, Bad Habit Productions, Theatre on Fire and Apollinaire Theatre Company. He graduated Northeastern University (BA in Theatre - Performance). MichaelJamesUnderhill.com @michaeljamesunderhill
The creative team includes Kristin Loeffler (Scenic Designer), Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer), Aja M. Jackson (Lighting Designer), Elizabeth Cahill (Sound Design), and Aurelia Lyman (Properties Coordinator). Cassie M. Seinuk is the Stage Manager.
Central Square Theater (CST) opened in 2008 through a groundbreaking partnership between The Nora Theatre Company (The Nora) and Underground Railway Theater (URT). This collaboration has been called a model for the arts community (The Boston Foundation, Culture is our Commonwealth, and The National Collaboration Prize), as it has paired two like-minded performing arts organizations in a strategic alliance with the City of Cambridge and MIT, resulting in the development of a state-of-the-art performing arts center in the heart of Central Square. CST has a mission to support its two theaters-in-residence while maintaining a shared vision of artists and audiences creating theater vital to their communities. The Nora and URT have a combined track record of over 50 years producing award-winning theater. Located in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and steeped in its multiracial, intergenerational, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods, the CST theater experience exudes a democratic energy where classes, races and age groups come together to be inspired, entertained and energized.