La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rick Hammerly
AN AREA PREMIERE
October 12 to November 12, 2017
Opening/press night: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant. Tonight the 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 seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics. Starring Acting Company member Sara Barker as Emilie.
READ a fascinating Q&A with the author: “The Real Reason I Wrote About Emilie Is Because I’d Like to Hang Out With Her”
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 of 2016, 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).