Full Length Play
Time Period - 1910s / WWI
Settings Of Play - The play is set in and around Paris between 1897 and 1911. The actors in the company are seated on a bare stage, taking in the action of the play. When their turn comes to play a scene, they rise, meet downstage and play it. Images suggesting various locations are projected on the upstage wall. The only furniture is a set of straight-backed chairs and occasionally a bed and a small table, all brought into play by the actors.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Alan Alda – Winner! John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre
With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize. When her beloved Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression. Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career – just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize.
“Juicy, gaslit melodrama…illuminates the challenges that Marie Curie faced in pursuing a career in the sciences at a time when it was virtually unheard of for women to take prominent roles in academic or public life.” – The New York Times
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2011 Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, California.