of the Golds
by Jonathan Tolins
January 5 - 27, 1996
Directed by Ruth Charnay
What if your parents knew
everything about you before you were born?
This award-winning drama
poses that question using modern science and opera as a backdrop for a confused
and broken family's search for clarity and repair.
The Golds, a middle-class
Jewish family, must consider moral and ethical issues when Suzanne Gold-Stein
finds she is pregnant and her husband Rob, a genetic researcher, employs his
latest research coup to reveal the genetic makeup of their child. Rob discovers
that the child's genetic makeup indicates that he will be "like
David", referring to Suzanne's gay brother. The couple find themselves in
the ethically tricky position of deciding whether to abort or face the challenge
of raising a child that does not meet their expectations.