Photos by Ashley Woods
As a member of the generation that came of age when Dolly the sheep was cloned, it’s hard for me to imagine that less 50 years before, DNA replication was just a theory. And it was a theory they were nowhere close to proving. However, as Rosalind Franklin points out in the opening words of our play, science is the art of making the invisible visible. And so they continued, against all hope.
With the help of Rosalind Franklin’s Photo 51, Watson and Crick were eventually able to develop a chemical model of DNA and determine how it replicates. Although Franklin’s life was cut short, and her contributions to science gravely overlooked, and although she never received due credit in her lifetime, the results of Franklin’s research will continue to make an impact long after we are gone.
I feel a kinship with Rosalind, and not only because my chosen career has only recently become a possibility for a woman. We as theater artists also are charged with making the invisible visible. And although our creation only exists as long as you are in the room with us, we hope these stories will make an impact on you that lasts a lifetime.
Rosalind Franklin: Lindsey Dorcus
Raymond Gosling: Don Baiocchi
Donald Caspar: Freddie Beckley
Francis Crick: Conor Burke
Maurice Wilkins: Robert Kaercher
James Watson: Andrew Lund
Director: Elizabeth Lovelady
Stage Manager: Roxie Kooi
Dramaturge: Jessica Swim
Scenic Designer: Elyse Balogh
Costume Designer: Asha McAllister
Lighting Designer: Rebecca Bartle
Sound Designer: Kallie Rolison
Props Designer: Holly McCauley