Indra’s Net Theater is proud to announce the production of a world premiere play The Secret of Life.

It is early in 1951.  In  Cambridge, England a precocious 23-year old American, James Watson, arrives to work at Cavendish Laboratories and is put into a shared office with 36-year old English graduate student Francis Crick.   Several miles away in London, a brilliant British crystallographer, Rosalind Franklin, comes back from 3 years in Paris to work at Kings College Laboratories, and is given an assignment to work with a new sample of pure DNA, unknowingly intruding on the work of Dr. Maurice Wilkins at the same lab. The two groups will clash and chafe, and within a year one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century will emerge; the structure of the DNA molecule. The discovery will be called one of the most important in the history of Biology.  Francis Crick referred to it simply as The Secret of Life.

This play explores the fascinating relationships between these two teams of scientists, and the entertaining play of events as they headed for the unexpectedly ground-breaking discovery.  You’ll never look at a double helix molecule the same way again!


In early 2015 we had a fundraising campaign to help cover production expenses of The Secret of Life (ticket sales cover less than half of production costs.)  Over 50 donors contributed almost $5,500, leaving a shortfall of almost $5,000, even after lowering the projected budget of the production.  We still need your help to cover this deficit.

If you want to contribute now, click on the Donations page tab above. If you are interested in becoming a major donor or a production sponsor, please contact the Artistic Director Bruce Coughran by email at “brucecoughran@gmail.com” or by phone at (310) 430-9744.   Many grateful thanks for all our contributors, large and small!

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