Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Erin Bone Steele

September 14 – October 6, 2018
Matinees: September 23 and 30 at 2pm

“A spark is how The Stage opens their 2018/2019 season.” – Theatre Bloom
“Well worth seeing.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“It touches the heart and opens the mind.”  – Maryland Theatre Guide

Emilie du Châtelet is witty, unconventional, rich, and a scientific genius who advances mathematics and physics in Baroque France. She and her sometime lover Voltaire play out in their passionate romantic battles by, among other things, publishing dueling scientific papers and taking other lovers. Tonight, Emilie is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart?

In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; she ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history. By the playwright of last year’s hit Silent Sky, Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight affords Emilie a chance to re-tell her own story.

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Producer – Bill Hurlbut

Emilie – Karen V. Lawrence
Voltaire – Kevin Dykstra
Ingenue – Sienna Goering
Soubrette – Kristyn Lue
Monsieur – Peter Orvetti
Gentleman – Nicholas Temple
Madam – Renate Wallenberg

Production Team:
Assistant Director – Jim Robertson
Stage Manager – Alika Codispoti
Lighting Designer – Don Slater
Sound Designer – Jeff Mikoni
Costumer – Jennifer Georgia
Set Designer – Jeff Asjes