At the center of Cassandra Medley's play is the controversial idea that higher concentrations of melanin in the genetic makeup of people of color make them mentally, physically, and spiritually superior. Based on the scientific studies of her ironically now-deceased father, Kalima, a fledging molecular scientist looking to come to her own has a difficult time owning his flawed research. Her mother Claire, who carry's her deceased husband's scientific torch has a hard time reckoning with her daughter's enlightenment.
Includes an interview with Dr. Stanley Nelson, Professor of Human Genetics and Psychiatry at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Judyann Elder, Deidrie Henry, James Pickens Jr., Jason Ritter, Terrell Tilford and Lorraine Toussaint.
Relativity is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed play. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
The Mother-daughter relationship, race, and genetics boil together in Cassandra Medley’s Relativity, winner of the 2006 August Wilson Playwriting Award. Heading the L.A. Theatre Works cast are Deidrie Henry, recipient of numerous awards for her work on Los Angeles stages, Judyann Elders (Family Matters), and James Pickens, Jr. (Grey's Anatomy). The drama centers on a young African-American biogeneticist whose cutting-edge research sets her in direct opposition to the science and passion of her mother. The choice between family and career, science and faith can be delayed, but it cannot be indefinitely avoided.
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