Actors' Summit, Akron's professional theater, announces the regional premiere of "Photograph 51." The play, by Anna Ziegler, explores the events leading up to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

The show will have a preview performance on Jan. 16, with the official opening on Jan. 17. "Photograph 51" will have a 12 performance run, closing on Feb. 2. Performances are given Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.. The show is appropriate for all ages. A free desert reception follows the opening night performance Jan. 17.

The play centers on scientist Rosalind Franklin, and focuses on the period 1951 through 1953 when Franklin was a researcher at King's College, London.

The "photograph 51" of the play's title was an x-ray diffraction picture taken by Rosalind Franklin in 1952 of strands of DNA. Her x-ray photographs and detailed calculations were used by James Watson and Frances Crick, without Franklin's knowledge, to construct the first model of the double helix structure of DNA for which they won the Nobel Prize. Franklin's contributions were never acknowledged by Watson or by Crick.

Tickets for "Photograph 52" are on sale through the box office at 330-374-7568 and online at Preview tickets are $20. Tickets for all other performances: $33 for adults, $28 for seniors over 65; and $10 for all full time students under 30.

The theater is on the sixth floor of historic Greystone Hall, 103 High St. in downtown Akron. The facility features barrier free access, free parking, and full bar service.