She was smarter than the men around her.
And she made it in their world.
A smart comedy about a brainy and badass woman, written by the most-produced playwright in America.
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
AN AREA PREMIERE
NOW PLAYING to November 19 at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206. (Ample free parking. Click here for easy driving and Metro directions.)
Avant Bard’s first production of the season is Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight—a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science.
Lauren Gunderson was recently ranked most-produced playwright in the 2017/2018 season by American Theatre magazine in a national survey of nonprofit theaters. In Emilie, her seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet returns to life in the present, determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? During this inspiring and surprising comic drama, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.
Emilie is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly. Starring as Emilie is Sara Barker,recently seen at Avant Bard in King Lear, Othello, and Orlando and a company member with Avant Bard
CLICK TO READ historical scoop from the dramaturg: “6 Cool Things to Know About Emilie”
CLICK TO READ inside insights from the playwright: “The Real Reason I Wrote About Emilie Is Because I’d Like to Hang Out With Her”
Avant Bard shows are always affordable. Performances are PAY WHAT YOU WILL on Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees. General admission is just $30 on Friday; $35 on Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.
Emilie runs about two hours, including one 10-minute intermission.
This production contains adult language and flickering lighting effects.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT ABOUT THE PLAY
EMILIE is a play about legacy –
what do we make with our minds and our hearts,
what lasts, what survives,
what do we put into the world and where does it go…
It’s also about fundamental truths of the universe…
of the struggle and triumph of badass women…
of more love…
of love that defines us even if it betrays us…
The play is a dream,
is a play within a play,
is a dilated moment in time just before Emilie’s death.
It is a game of wit,
a defiance of mortality,
a beautiful battle of brains.
Funny, sexy, fiery.
Emilie is a real woman, a true story,
a myth and a mystery.
This play is hers.
Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at companies across the U.S. including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet), and Samuel French (Emilie).