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Photograph 51

Photograph 51

Anna Ziegler


A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation and the race for greatness.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Anna Ziegler

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979, Anna Ziegler is a poet and a playwright. She studied English at Yale University, earned an MA in poetry from the University of East Anglia, and an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University.


Ziegler’s play “Photograph 51”, about the part played by Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of the structure of DNA, has had countless productions and was awarded several times, winning, for example, the London’s WhatsOnstage award for Best New Play, and it was selected as Best of the Year play by The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, and twice by The Washington Post.


In 2017, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen Playhouse premiered her play “Actually” (winner of the Ovation Award in Los Angeles for Playwriting of an Original Play), and The Roundabout Theatre Company produced “The Last Match”. Her play “The Wanderers”, also produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company, won the 2018 San Diego Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, and “Boy” was nominated for the 2016 John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle.


Her work has been produced on the West End, at major theatres around the U.S. and in Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany, India and Sweden. It’s been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, NY Stage & Film, Soho Rep and the Cape Cod Theatre Project, amongst others.


She holds commissions from The Roundabout, The Geffen Playhouse, Second Stage Theater and Grove/Whitman Productions. Ziegler has been developing television and movie projects at Apple, HBO Max and Scott Free Productions.

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