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Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie - Full Length Play, Drama

Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie

Alan Alda

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700606

Alan Alda – Winner! John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre

“ 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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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

90 minutes

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

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS:

“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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Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

MARIE CURIE - Early 40s; slight Polish accent.
PAUL LANGEVIN - A little younger than Marie.
PIERRE CURIE - A little older than Marie.
JEANNE LANGEVIN - 30s.
ÉMILE BOREL - 40s; a mathematician.
MARGUERITE BOREL - 20s; a novelist.
CAN BE PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTOR: TERBOUGIE - 50s; a journalist; can be played by the same actor who plays TÖRNEBLADH.
TÖRNEBLADH - 50s; a scientist; Swedish accent; can be played by the same actor who plays TERBOUGIE.

OTHER CHARACTERS, PLAYED BY MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY:
SECONDS AT A DUEL
STUDENTS

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Alan Alda has written five feature films (including The Four Seasons and The Seduction of Joe Tynan), two best selling books, and 19 episodes of the highly acclaimed television series M*A*S*H, one of which was awarded an EMMY for writing. The final episode, which he co-wrote, was watched by over 100 million people the night it was broadcast. His stage play, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, ... view full profile

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