By Anna Ziegler
Jewish scientist Rosalind Franklin begins work in 1951 at King’s College in London where she does much of the fundamental research in uncovering the structure of DNA. Maurice Wilkins, James Watson, and Francis Crick are anti-Semitic, sexist, and zealous, and their efforts are rewarded with the Nobel Prize while Rosalind’s contributions go publicly unaccredited and undocumented for years. The discovery of the “double helix” DNA is the single most industrious scientific revelation in modern history. Photograph 51 tells this bittersweet story of ambition, isolation and the quest for greatness.
“Smartly crafted…brisk and knowing… steadily entertaining” — Washington Post
An Area Premiere Production
Opened: October 13, 2012
Closed: November 4, 2012