Émilie: La Marquis du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant. Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Émilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart?

Play title: Émilie:  La Marquis du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Author: Lauren Gunderson

Publisher: Samuel French  Inc.     

Publication Date: 2010

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Physics       

Secondary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): Émilie du Châtelet, Gottfried Leibniz, Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, Sir Isaac Newton, Dortous de Mairan

Source Texts: “Émilie du Châtelet:  Daring Genius of the Enlightenment” by Dr. Judith Zinsser.

Character Breakdown: 2 men, 3 women

Emilie, Voltaire, Madam, Gentleman, and Soubrette.

Character pairings: Soubrette (Mary-Louise, Daughter)

Gentleman (Jean-Francois, The Marquis, Maupertuis, Marain)

Madam (Mother, Madam Graffigny)

Setting: A blank theater space. Eventually: Center stage chalkboard, 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.

Time Period: Roughly 1730s-1740s

Synopsis of Play: Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant. Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Émilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most vibrant, witty, and intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves and ends up with both a formula and legacy that permeates history.

First Performance Date: April 24th, 2009

First Producer: South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California

Performance History: Émilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson was first produced by the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California on April 24, 2009. The performance was directed by David Emmes, with sets by Cameron Anderson, costumes by Nephelie Andonyadis, lighting by Lonnie Rafael alcaraz, original music and sound design by Vincent Olivieri, movement direction by Gabriela Estrada, and dramaturgy by Kelly L. Miller. The production stage manager was Jennifer Ellen Butler.

Links:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/04/review-emilie-at-south-coast-repertory.html

http://variety.com/2009/legit/markets-festivals/emilie-la-marquise-du-chatelet-defends-her-life-at-the-petit-theatre-at-cirey-tonight-1200474380/

Entered by: Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders                

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/04/review-emilie-at-south-coast-repertory.html
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/04/review-emilie-at-south-coast-repertory.html
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009-From left, Rebecca Mozo as Soubrette, Natacha Roi as Emilie and Don Reilly as Voltaire in a scene from Emilie at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/san-diego/article/Photo-Flash-EMILIE-At-South-Coast-Rep-20090417
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/san-diego/article/Photo-Flash-EMILIE-At-South-Coast-Rep-20090417
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
http://lariatnews.com/uncategorized/emilie-la-marquise-on-stage-at-south-coast-repertory/
COSTA MESA, CA APRIL 22, 2009 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Natacha Roi as Emilie

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