Informed Consent

by  Deborah Zoe Laufer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? 

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Informed Consent

by  Deborah Zoe Laufer

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    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between a Native American tribe and an Arizona University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our DNA is our destiny.
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"CRITICS' PICK! A thoughtful and engrossing play...that raises questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs." The New York Times, Read More 

"[Deboarh Zoe Laufer] knows her audience and how to challenge them to reexamine their preciously held beliefs." TheatreMania, Read More

"It's the kind of work live theater needs more of – urgent, challenging and of the moment, grappling with concepts that scare us and intrigue us." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Read More 

"See this play in order to learn and think." - Cleveland Examiner, Read More

"Intellectually stimulating and emotionally stirring...Informed Consent ponders the big questions of mortality, faith and legacy with intelligence and compassion." - Miami Herald, Read More


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Multimedia


2m, 3f
ONE/JILLIAN - Genetic anthropologist in her 30's. The smartest person in the room. Desperate to make the most of the time she has tp save her daughter. Full of life and hunger.
TWO/GRAHAM -  Jillian's husband. Children's book author. Loving and patient. A children's book author. A romantic. An optimist.
THREE/NATALIE - Jillian and Graham's four year old daughter, ARELLA - Member of the Havasupai tribe in her 30's
FOUR/KEN - a social anthropologist in his 70's, LAWYER, LITTLE GIRL AT THE BOOK NOOK, JOAN, A PRESCHOOL MOM

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

A cast of 5 actors play all the characters. All racial assumptions should be defied in casting.


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Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg ci ...

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Informed Consent premiered as a co-production between the Geva Theatre Center and the Cleveland Playhouse

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