Release 35.6

“What defines a human being, Aidan? Are we any less human than the Hatchers who raised us?”

Written by Joseph Krawczyk

Directed by Renoly Santiago


  • Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Website: Facebook Event


What defines a human being in a future world of genetic manipulation?  What ethical values are we willing to relinquish for the sake of scientific progress and medical advancement?  Answers to these questions are explored in The 35.6, a classic love story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl.  Except in this world, the characters have been genetically designed to assist ordinary humans solve complex problems and overcome diseases. The male release is an older model—jaded but still open to an emotional connection; the female release is a newer version—physically stronger, far more intelligent, but unknowingly flawed.  An intermediary tries to dissolve their burgeoning relationship because of the intellectual and emotional gulf between them.  What follows is a struggle to determine one’s own identity and destiny.  As Stephen Hawking wrote in “The Universe in a Nutshell:” “My intention is not to defend human engineering as a desirable development, but just to say it is likely to happen whether we want it or not.”

About the Playwright:

Joseph P. Krawczyk is an award-winning, published playwright. His latest play, Disconnect, was produced at the American Theatre of Actors. In 2014 he had a staged reading of Year’s End at Cape May Stage, a regional, Equity Theater in Cape May, NJ. Year’s End was also produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Last year, the play was published by Writers Amuse Me Publishing Company. He has studied playwriting at the National Playwrights Symposium, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Ensemble Studio Theater, and the Public Theater.


James Martinez
Kate Dalton
Austin Ku
Roslyn Campbell


This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

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