The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion / by R. Sheth


March 2–April 4, 2010

The World Premiere
Presented in Association with The Goodman Theatre
Conceived by Jamil Khoury
Featuring Plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, Velina Hasu Houston, David Henry Hwang, Jamil Khoury, Shishir Kurup, Lina Patel, and Elizabeth Wong
Directed by Steve Scott

Theatre meets science when a diverse group of playwrights each agree to take a genealogical DNA test and revisit their assumptions about identity, politics, and the perennial "who am I" question. Self, family, community, and ethnicity are all up for grabs.

The DNA Trail is comprised of seven unique, identity-defying short plays:

Finding Your Inner Zulu by Elizabeth Wong
Mother Road by Velina Hasu Houston
That Could Be You by Lina Patel
WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole by Jamil Khoury
Bolt from the Blue by Shishir Kurup
A Very DNA Reunion by David Henry Hwang
Child Is Father to Man by Philip Kan Gotanda


Principal | Jennifer Shin*
Principal | Cora Vander Broek*
Principal | Melissa Kong
Principal | Fawzia Mirza
Principal | Khurram Mozaffar
Principal | Anthony Peeples
Principal | Clayton Stamper
Understudy | Anand Bhatia
Understudy | Suzan Faycurry
Understudy | Chie Isobe
Understudy | Michael McCracken

Production Team

Producer | Malik Gillani
Producer and Playwright | Jamil Khoury
Playwright | Philip Kan Gotanda
Playwright | Velina Hasu Houston
Playwright | David Henry Hwang
Playwright | Shishir Kurup
Playwright | Lina Patel
Playwright | Elizabeth Wong
Director | Steve Scott
Stage Manager | Michelle Dane
Set and Lighting Designer | Rebecca A. Barrett
Set and Lighting Designer | Lee Keenan
Costume Designer | Amy Gabbert
Sound Designer | Mikhail Fiksel
Props Master | Jesse Gaffney
Dramaturg | Neena Arndt
Dramaturg | Tanya Palmer
Casting Coordinator | Becca Knights
Technical Director | Jason Pikscher
Assistant Director | Lavina Jadhwani
Assistant Stage Manager and House Manager | Amanda Vevers
Wardrobe Supervisor | Page Domikaitis
Box Office and PR Coordinator | Maggie Kovalcik
Program Editor | Sarah Ibis
Press and Archive Photographer | Michael Brosilow

* Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.