- Winner! TCG Edgerton Award: “One of 40 new American plays to watch.”
Winner! The Sloan Science Foundation's Awards for Commission and Production Enhancement
“[…] A thrilling play with complex characters trying to make life work. Shirley [Lauro] is one of the very best playwrights at work in America!” - Estelle Parsons
"The Radiant casts a glow on Marie Curie ... The playwright gives her stubbornness, determination, single-mindedness, [and] passion..." - The Miami Herald Tribune
"Award winning playwright Shirley Lauro's exploration of the scientist and woman [Marie Curie] comes to life ... Wonderful and highly appreciated by audiences." - Around Town - Miami
"The sciencephobe need not worry: the science is handled quickly and deftly in 'The Radiant' by Shirley Lauro ..." - TotalTheater.com
"Shirley Lauro has written an intriguing play about the behind-the-scenes life of two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. The drama juxtaposes her laboratory discovery of radium in metal with her romantic entanglement that caused a scandal and threatened her career." - New York Calling ABOUT TOWN
"... Lauro's Curie has a steely, even forbidding exterior of determination and self-control that masks a raging swirl of insecurity, shyness, mourner's grief, and need ..." - South Florida Review
"Lauro['s] Curie is not the sanitized, saintly Greer Garson. This pioneering woman projects a curt, off putting exterior forged out of determination and self-control - which conceals a maelstrom of shyness, fear and heartache... and a girlish relief in the rare moments that [she] lets down her guard." - Variety.com
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1910s / WWI
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Paris, Normandy, Provence, France; and Stockholm, Sweden. Ideally, the set is not realistic but a cinematic space or landscape which is fluid and can easily become several different locations for Marie Curie as she moves through her journey in the play.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
KATARINA - 17. Marie's niece from Warsaw. Pretty, funny, strong spirited but not contemporary teen—rather of an era when young people were ruled by adults. Loveable, impulsive, dramatic, but tries to contain herself. Clothing: blouse with possible touch of Polish style embroidery, dark longish skirt of period.
PAUL LANGEVIN - early 30’s. Handsome, youthful, French. Brilliant but naïve, sensual man. Repressed, yearns to break out. White shirt, vest, student type jacket. Later in dark suit/trousers.
*CHIEF PAYMASTER OF THE SORBONNE - Middle-age. Epitome of bureaucrat, a lecher. Possible pince-nez, vest, time-piece in vest. French accent.
*PROFESSOR WILBOIS - Late middle-age. Physics professor at Sorbonne. Kindly, loveable. Somewhat absent minded—maybe a stain or two on clothing, missing button on vest, etc. From Alsace-Lorraine, possibly has slight French/German accent.
*LORD KELVIN - Middle—aged. Physics Professor, University of Edinburgh. A Scotsman (either Scottish or English accent.). Possibly reddish hair. Pompous, blustery, condescending. Possibly smokes pipe; possibly in clothing with Scotch plaid/argyle design touches. Elegant in appearance.
*Characters designed to be portrayed by one actor.
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
* indicates characters who are designed to be portrayed by one actor. Concept: for MARIE, they are the outside world: men of power surrounding her, with whom she must relate and/or struggle. CHIEF PAYMASTER and KELVIN are in opposition to her. WILBOIS, sympathetic, but forced to bear bad news.
The Radiant received its world premiere production at The New Theatre in Miami, FL in 2011. The play premiered in New York City at the Red Fern Theatre in February of 2013, under the direction of Melanie Moyer Williams.