No. 20 / September 8, 2017

A play for all non-biologists

Theater production “EinzigArtig”

Image: Patryk Witt

The theater production “EinzigArtig” deals with synthetic biology and the creation of new forms of life. It is was produced in cooperation with the MDC, which hosts the play at September 26 and October 6.

Whether it’s dachshunds, giraffes, papaya or humans, all forms of life – with a few exceptions – have the same genetic code. That’s why it’s possible to exchange their genetic material, which results in new characteristics. Biology and engineering provide the basis for synthetic biology. This branch of science not only deals with the exchange of genetic material, but also creates entirely new forms of life. For what purposes are these new creatures needed and who do they belong to? How will they affect our ecosystem? How far can and should research go in altering and creating forms of life? And what does “life” actually mean in times of technological manipulation? The play “EinzigArtig” explores these questions and more, while also showing which seemingly futuristic experiments are already a present reality.

The play is suitable for young people aged 14 and over. General admission is €10, with a reduced rate of €5, and is on a donation basis.

For tickets and further information about the play, check out the website or  send an email to

“EinzigArtig” is a production of the JugendTheaterWerkstatt Spandau (jtw spandau) in cooperation with the Wissenschaft im Dialog initiative and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC). The project is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Premiere on Sunday, 17. September 2017 at 8 pm at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin 

Monday, 18. September 2017  at 11 am at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (for schools)

Monday, 18. September 2017 at 7 pm at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Friday, 22. September 2017 at 11 am at the jtw Spandau (for schools) 

Saturday, 23. September 2017  at 7 pm at the jtw Spandau 

Tuesday, 26. September 2017 at 4 pm at the Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch (for schools)

Friday, 6. October 2017  at 4 pm at the Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch


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Dr. Annette Tuffs

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicin in the Helmholtz Association
Head of Communications Department

030 9406-2140


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