“Secret Order” By Bob Clyman

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By: Bob Clyman
Narrated by: George Segal, Will McCormack, Angela Goethals, Richard Schiff
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
Release date: 03-18-14
Language: English
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works Rocks!!  That should be the only thing said about all of these productions.  Their level quality is always superb.  The actors are always delivering high caliber performances.

That being said this play turned out to be a very intriguing story about the world of medical research.  Every scientist in the fields of medical science wants to cure and/or prevent diseases.  The problem comes in when money is involved.  If a school/company were to find a cure for cancer it would be a major economic boon to them.  So what will they risk?

In this case a scientist has some startling results at the beginning of his experiments but after being pushed to publish from his higher ups he begins to get not so great results, in fact the exact opposite.  The treatment doesn’t work and may make the cancer worse.  But Dr. Shumway who is the scientist in question is not able to express this with his mentor pushing him to publish and get the school on the map.

This story is a great story to alert the general public on not jumping to conclusions and how money is the root of all evil.

Simply being a production of LATW is reason enough for me to recommend this story, but the intrigue and drama will keep you in the story.


Publisher’s Summary
In the high-stakes world of cancer research, Dr. William Shumway has just made a stunning breakthrough. But is it really the long-sought cure for cancer? Despite the young scientist’s reservations, a senior mentor pressures him to trumpet his findings to the world. Part medical drama, part suspense-filled thriller, Secret Order turns its microscope on bioethics, money and power.

Includes an interview with Dr. Harvey Herschman, Director for Basic Research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Angela Goethals, Will McCormack, Richard Schiff and George Segal.

Secret Order 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.

©2007 Bob Clyman (P)2008 L.A. Theatre Works