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
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.
Entered by: Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders