The Score

The Score

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Dr. Lynn Magnusson is a brilliant geneticist racing to isolate a cancer-causing gene. All that's standing in her way is competition from a well-funded French lab. Her ticking biological clock and a risky office romance distract her further, and she is forced to face the fear she might carry the same Huntington's gene that killed her mother. As Magnusson seeks answers within her research, a composer whose studio is upstairs from the lab strives to complete a beautiful score, seemingly driven by the events in the doctor's life.

Based on the award-winning play by the Electric Company Theatre, this musical drama uses humour, music and dance to transform the scientific ideas explored in the laboratory into universal themes of human identity, freedom and creation. It also raises ethical and moral issues surrounding the genetics industry and its effects on individuals. How does one deal with the fact that they might pass on a genetic disorder to their offspring? How do patents and ownership affect the industry and the public? When is it morally acceptable to withhold findings from the general public? How much will determinism play a role in the future of the human race? The Score underlines the necessity for an active dialogue between the public and scientists in determining what ethical guidelines will dictate the ongoing exploration of this brave new world.

"Science comes out to play in this hypnotically stylized take on the Electric Company Theatre piece about a gutsy research scientist trying to map out human genes, including her own....adventurous viewers will want to know The Score, an ambitious item that succeeds on a number of challenging levels-without breaking too much sweat about it."
     - Ken Eisner, Variety

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