Emilie’s Voltaire

Emilie’s Voltaire is a passionate comic-drama that explores a Jove affair that scandalized all of Europe between Voltaire, the greatest wit of his time, and the beautiful scientist Emilie du Chatelet.

Play title: Emilie’s Voltaire

Author (s): Arthur Giron

Publisher: Samuel French Inc.

Publication Date:2010

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Physics

Scientist (s): Émilie du Châtelet, Issac Newton, Voltaire

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 1 Male, 1 Female

Émilie du Châtelet and Voltaire

Setting: Paris

Time Period: New Year’s Eve, 1733

Synopsis of Play: Emilie’s Voltaire is a passionate comic-drama that explores a Jove affair that scandalized all of Europe between Voltaire, the greatest wit of his time, and the beautiful scientist Émilie du Châtelet. It takes place before the French Revolution.

First Performance Date:

First Producer: Living Image Arts Theatre

Performance History: Emilie’s Voltaire was first produced by the Living Image Arts Theatre Company in New York City on January 15, 2009.  The performance was directed by Kevin Confoy, with sets by Jito Lee, costumes by Carol Pelletier, lighting by Jake DeGroot, and sound design by Geoffrey Roecker.

Review Quotes:

“What happens when the minds of two seekers of knowledge, one a challenger of life and the other a hedonistic rule breaker, meet? The result is a tumultuous, fascinating 16-year love affair that is wonderfully portrayed in Arthur Giron’s Emilie’s Voltaire […] The captivating Emilie’s Voltaire is an inside look at genius and the underlying emotions that feed it. Definitely a bit of history you’re pleased to discover.” – OffBroadway.com

“The intellectual, emotional and sexual sparks fly…an unusual and fascinating play.” – William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Arthur Giron’s words are what actors long to wrap their voices around.” – The New York Examiner

Entered by: Denise Gillman/ Brooke Sanders

 

Beckett Theatre, New York

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