Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie

With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize.

Play title: Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie

Author (s): Alan Alda

Publisher: Samuel French Inc.

Publication Date: 2012

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Chemistry    

Secondary Discipline: Physics

Scientist (s): Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, Paul Langevin and Émile Borel

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 4 men, 3 women

Emile, Pierre, Paul, Marie, Terbougie/Tornebladh, Marguerite, and Jeanne

Setting: In and around Paris between 1897 and 1911

Time Period: 1898 and 1911

Synopsis of Play: With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize. When her beloved Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression. Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career – just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize. (Play text cover blurb, Samuel French)

First Performance Date: November, 2011.

First Producer: Geffen Playhouse at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Performance History:  Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie by Alan Alda was first presented by the Geffen Playhouse, under artistic director Randall Arney and managing director Ken Novice, at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater in Los Angeles, California; with scenic design by Tom Lynch, lighting design by Daniel Ionazzi, sound design by Jon Gottlieb, costume design by Rita Ryack, projection design by John Boesche, and production stage management by Young Ji.  The director was Daniel Sullivan.

Alan Alda has won the National Science Board’s™ Public Service Award, the Scientific American Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Chemical Society Award for Public Service, among others.

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/theater/reviews/radiance-by-alan-alda-at-geffen-playhouse-review.html

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/theater-review-radiance-the-passion-of-marie-curie-at-geffen-playhouse.html

http://variety.com/2011/film/reviews/radiance-the-passion-of-marie-curie-1117946550/

Entered by: Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders

 

Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.
Geffen Playhouse, December 2011. Photos by Michael Lamont.

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