Caltech Playreaders 65th Season: "Photograph 51" by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Arden Thomas
It is 1953, and British scientist Dr. Rosalind Franklin – brilliant, passionate, and ambitious – pours herself into her work at King's College Lab in London. One of the great scientists of the twentieth century, Dr. Franklin embarked on a fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule, only to falter because of her own rigorous standards. The play relives the chase and the discovery of DNA's double helix structure, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman.
"An electric journey of suspense .. Compelling drama with an emotional wallop. Who knew biophysics could have you on the edge of your seat?" -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Playwright Anna Ziegler's plays include "A Delicate Ship," "Dov and Ali," "Another Way Home," "The Minotaur," and "Life Science."
Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.
To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 6:00. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.