Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler
Running: October 21-November 14
Showtimes: Thursday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:30pm and 7:30pm
This engaging and critically acclaimed play tells the fascinating and little-known true story of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her quest to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness are explored in this intelligent, exciting and quickly paced show.
Directed by: Katie Mallinson
Starring: Jacob Albarella, Ray Boucher, John Profeta, Dan Torres, Kristen Tripp Kelley, and Adam Yellen
“It’s a perfect science-history play, with all the hurtling momentum of a race towards discovery, all the step-by-step deductions, competition and backhanded betrayals.” —Variety.
“What playwright Anna Ziegler has achieved in her intriguing portrait of the British scientist Rosalind Franklin is a remarkable balance of scientific subject matter and theatrical storytelling…in a play that glows with intelligence and humanity…” —Backstage.
“My only complaint about Anna Ziegler’s intriguing, informative 95-minute play is that it is not longer… What the play does is correct a historical injustice and ask, by implication, whether women are still sidelined in the scientific world…It proves that science is inherently dramatic and that the neglect of Rosalind Franklin’s contribution to uncovering the secret of life remains a blot on our history.” —The Guardian (US).
Katie Mallinson is a director, dramaturg, and arts administrator with an MFA in Dramaturgy from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and a BFA in Theatre/BA in English from Niagara University. Select Directorial Credits include: Equivocation (Kavinoky Theatre); Design for Living (Irish Classical Theatre); Deathtrap (Lancaster Opera House); She Kills Monsters, Copenhagen and On The Verge: Or, The Geography of Yearning (Niagara University Theatre); Christmas at Pemberley, The Nether, Dinner With Friends, Freud’s Last Session and A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Road Less Traveled Productions). She is an ensemble member with Road Less Traveled Theater and is the Arts Engagement Coordinator for Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
It is an absolute pleasure for Jacob to be returning to live performance after a particularly difficult hiatus. “Photograph 51” is Jake’s first MainStage show with JRT and couldn’t be more pleased to kick it off with such a terrific story and wonderful ensemble. Jake is a seven time Artie Nominee with nearly 20 years experience performing in Buffalo with companies such as Theatre of Youth, Kavinoky Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Second Generation Theatre, Musicalfare, and many more. Jake is also active with film, commercial, web, and voice-over work; and when he’s not performing, is putting words on paper to tell stories of his own.
Ray Boucher has performed for almost thirty years in the United States and abroad, including many of the theatre companies in the Buffalo area: The Jewish Repertory Theatre (Kindertransport, Compulsion, The Odd Couple), Studio Arena Theatre (The Mystery of Irma Vep), The Irish Classical Theatre (The Cobbler, Sive, Frost/Nixon, The Onion Game), The Alleyway Theatre (Transference, The Seabirds, A Christmas Carol, I’m Fine), Shakespeare in Delaware Park (Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Macbeth), The New Phoenix Theatre (The Metamorphosis, Blue/Orange). In New York City, he performed in Much Ado About Nothing at the Waterloo Bridge Theatre and co-founded The Walter Carlson Players and Schrodinger’s Cats. Besides acting, Ray spent some years doing sketch and stand-up comedy in New York City at such clubs as The Gotham City Club, The New York Comedy Club and The Comedy Cellar. He also wrote, directed, and starred in a sit-com in Beijing, China.
Kristen Tripp Kelley
Kristen Tripp Kelley has worked with a wide array of Buffalo Theatre companies. For the Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY: Body Awareness, Crossing Delancey; For Irish Classical Theatre Company: Seamarks, Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet, Beauty Queen of Lenanne (Artie Award); For The Kavinoky Theatre: A Doll’s House: Part 2, City of Conversation (Buffalo Spree Best of WNY), Time Stands Still (Artie Award); For Second Generation: Angels in America, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; For Shakespeare in Delaware Park: Romeo and Juliet, A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest; For Torn Space: Aunt Dan and Lemon, Some Explicit Polaroids; For Road Less Traveled where she is an Ensemble Member: Antipodes, Disgraced, Country House, Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Kristen is a theatre teacher at Nichols School and is a proud Member of ARTA (Association of Regional Theatre Artists). She earned a BA in Theatre as a Performing Arts Honors Scholar at the University at Buffalo and an MFA in Acting from Purdue University.
Dan Torres is excited to be making his debut with JRT. Some of his favorite past roles around Buffalo include Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Theatre Of Youth), Alex in El Coqui Espectacular & The Bottle Of Doom (Raíces Theatre Company), The Messenger in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare In Delaware Park), Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher (MusicalFare), and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Casting Hall Productions).