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Cast of "Double Helix" with Neil deGrasse Tyson. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Samantha Massell who stars as Rosalind Franklin in

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Samantha Massell who stars as Rosalind Franklin in "Double Helix." COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Neil deGrasse Tyson, actress Samantha Massell, Emilie Stanton, Josh Franklin, director Scott Schwartz, and playwright and composer Madeline Myers. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Neil deGrasse Tyson, actress Samantha Massell, Emilie Stanton, Josh Franklin, director Scott Schwartz, and playwright and composer Madeline Myers. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

authorStaff Writer on Jun 12, 2023

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor hosted two distinguished guests at last Saturday night's performance of the groundbreaking musical “Double Helix.” Internationally renowned astrophysicist and science communications expert Neil deGrasse Tyson, as well as Josh Franklin, the great nephew of the late Rosalind Franklin, attended the production, further highlighting the show’s profound impact on both the scientific and artistic communities.

Tyson stayed long after curtain to meet and congratulate the cast and crew on its achievement. He also spoke about the scientific accuracy and authenticity of the show. He captivated the group of cast, crew and Franklin's family by drilling down on many of the technical, scientific themes explored in the show.

Rosalind Franklin, who was a pivotal figure in the discovery of the DNA’s structure, is the focus of “Double Helix,” and her great nephew Josh Franklin, accompanied by his wife Emilie Stanton, was also in attendance and stayed afterwards to meet the cast, crew and Tyson. Franklin, who grew up learning about his aunt Rosalind's achievements via family lore, mentioned how “Double Helix” brilliantly captures the essence of her pioneering work and its enduring significance and represents a long-deserved tribute to her contributions.

Get tickets to “Double Helix” at baystreet.org.

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