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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Lauren Gunderson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573697821

"Gunderson possesses an antic imagination that seeks to invent its own rules. As soon as we're drawn in, she shakes us and whisks us 10 or 15 paces ahead." –Los Angeles Times
A highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Biography, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Settings Of Play - At rise: a bare theater space. Written on/in this space at the beginning: "LOVE, PHILOSOPHY, and F=mv." Eventually: a doorframe, two desks, chairs, and a bed – all of these are mobile. All sets and set-pieces should be reminiscent of a French 18th century aesthetic.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant.

Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

"An evening of humor and heartbreak with a powerhouse ending." - BroadwayWorld.com

"Emilie is quite the best play I have read in a very long time,"- Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright

"Gunderson possesses an antic imagination that seeks to invent its own rules. As soon as we're drawn in, she shakes us and whisks us 10 or 15 paces ahead." –Los Angeles Times

"The ambitious, non-linear experiment is a highly theatrical romp that literally crackles with electricity." –LA/OC Examiner

Commissioned and produced by South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, 2009.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

This play has been successfully produced for colleges and universities with a cast of 7 by splitting the role of "Gentleman" and "Soubrette" into to parts.

EMILIE DU CHÂTELET – forty, dressed in no particular era, confident and curious
VOLTAIRE (V)– fifty, dressed immaculately in 18th Century fashion, charming, boyish

SOUBRETTE - a young woman, mid twenties, plays Emilie and others:
-MARY-LOUISE – simple and stupid
-DAUGHTER – direct and strong

GENTLEMAN- a handsome man, thirties, plays:
-JEAN-FRANÇOIS – young and doting, sincere
-THE MARQUIS – serious but warm, very formal
-MAUPERTUIS – sexy and academic
-MARAIN – snide and proud

MADAM – a slightly older woman, fifties, plays:
-MOTHER – serious and wounded
-MADAM GRAFFIGNY – obnoxious and rich

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter, and short story author from Atlanta, GA, who lived in NYC before finding San Francisco. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She has been commissioned, developed and produced at South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky, I And You), at The Kennedy Center (Dr. Wonderful), at ... view full profile

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Reviews
Maryanna Clarke 11/5/2015 9:36 PM
A gem of a play with great roles for women.  A forgotten scientist (forgotten because she was female) is brought to life in a magical way.  Requires the audience to pay attention and think -- and that's a good thing!

NOTE: there is only 1 rating here of less than 5 stars.  It's by a man and has no explanation for the rating.  Take that rating with a grain of salt.
Jeri Lynn Schulke 10/13/2015 9:06 AM
Emilie is a whirl wind of wit, language & romance. Gunderson is a brilliant playwright. Her plays are testaments to the fact that stories with strong central characters who happen to be women can be entertaining, enlightening and empowering.  
Shawn Main 5/13/2015 11:12 AM

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