Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

by  Lauren Gunderson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"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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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

by  Lauren Gunderson

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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

"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

Keywords

Betrayal, Death, Feminism, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f

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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Cast 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.

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Authors

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 ...

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

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