Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight Presented by WAM Theatre
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A Northeast Regional Premiere presented by WAM Theatre
November 7-24, 2013
*ASL Interpreted Performance on Sunday, November 10 at 2pm
St. Germain Stage
Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center
36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight had its world premiere in 2009 at South Coast Repertory Theatre. The play has been described as 'fiercely inquisitive and joyfully sexy' (The San Francisco Chronicle), 'An evening of humor and heartbreak' (BroadwayWorld) and as an 'ambitious, highly theatrical romp that literally crackles with electricity' (LA/OC Examiner).
Emilie du Chatelet is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire but she was more than a great man's mistress. She was one of the leading interpreters of modern physics during the Age of Enlightenment. In this play Emilie must defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy-and searching for a formula that will convince the world of her worth.
In keeping with WAM Theatre's double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from the box office will be donated to an organization that benefits women and girls. The beneficiary of Emilie is The Rite of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls, founded by Pittsfield community leader Shirley Edgerton.
Playwright: Lauren Gunderson is an award-winning playwright living in San Francisco. She studied at Emory University and NYU's Tisch School of Performing Arts where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, The Magic, Actors Express, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, Playwrights Foundation, Impact Theatre, The Lark, and The O'Neill. Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight is published with Samual French. The first play in her Shakespeare Cycle, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, is now published with Playscripts, as is the second, Toil and Trouble. She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. Los Angeles Times calls Gunderson someone who 'possesses an antic imagination that seeks to invent its own rules. As soon as we're drawn in, she shakes and whisks us 10 or 15 paces ahead'.
WAM Theatre @ St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Perf. Arts Center (View)
36 Linden Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|