Biomedical Thriller Secret Order Receives its Regional Premiere at San Jose Rep
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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Secret Order exceeded my expectations. it was a well constructed production; staging, writng and acting all blended to make for a thoroughly engagong theater experience. I would recommend this .It stimulated thinking about important issues of ethics and character.
Written by Robert Clyman
Directed by Chris Smith
Corporate greed and the politics of science collide in this biomedical thriller.
When Dr. Shumway, a relatively obscure and naive cancer researcher, is thrust into the high stakes world of science, the notion of noble “truth-seeking” is dissected with a scalpel’s precision. Shumway is in over his head when he and a young student researcher get swept up in the dangerous world of political maneuvering, corporate loyalty and scientific ethics. But it’s Dr. Brock, the chief administrator at a famous research institute, who will stop at nothing in his pursuit to find a cure for cancer. Responsible science hangs in the balance in the race to be first to trial, first to publish and first to find a cure in this brilliant exploration of the business of science.
“I am so pleased to be presenting the Bay Area premiere of Robert Clyman’s smart and provocative play,” states Artistic Director Rick Lombardo. “This play, set in the rarified world of cutting-edge cancer research, makes us feel the thrill of discovery along with the tug of responsibility and ethics.”
Robert Clyman (Tranced) presents a challenging argument for both sides of the equation. A clinical psychiatrist, Clyman draws upon his insight into the human condition when crafting plays. In addition to touring in Scotland, his plays have been performed off-Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. Secret Order has been produced at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which also produced it off-Broadway in 2007. Clyman has been awarded a number of national prizes and was a member of the Circle Rep Lab in New York, where four of his plays were produced.
“Secret Order is about cutting-edge discoveries, chasing dreams and the powerful allure of the big prize,” Director Chris Smith comments. “It’s a pleasure to be back at the Rep, with a talented cast and creative team, bringing this taut, roller-coaster-ride of a drama to life.”