Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
Voltaire’s feisty lover, La Marquise du Châtelet visits Charles Towne…
Forget adjectives describing her beauty, charm and wit — all of which were no doubt true. This lady’s fascination stems from her accomplishments as a mathematician and scientist whose name has been linked to the works of Leibniz, Newton, Maupertius, Koenig, and the infamous Voltaire.
Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, was born in Paris, 17 Dec. 1706. Her interest in mathematics and science overlapped with her affairs of the heart. She had an affair with one of her tutors, Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertius and in 1733 she began a friendship and affair with Voltaire that would last the rest of her life. Her distinctive place in history however, arises from her obsession to prove “Living Force”: F=mv² promoted by Leibniz versus the more popular theory of the day advanced by Sir Isaac Newton.
The telling of this true tale by playwright, Lauren Gunderson is a highly modern piece of theatre; fast, funny, sexy, and a paean of praise to one of history’s most intriguing women and her struggles to be perceived as equal to her male counterparts of the period.
The show is directed by JC Conway. The title role is played by SOBTC’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Kristen Kos, who is no stranger to our stage (Gidion’s Knot, Burn This, Season to Season) or to many of the theatre’s most alluring heroines.
Voltaire is played by one of Charleston’s favorite actors, Paul O’Brien. The ensemble is completed by Marissa Rocco, Aaron Melancon and Lorilyn Harper, all making their SOBTC debut.
Mature Content: Sexuality, Language
All performances are at South of Broadway Theatre: 1080 E. Montague Ave. in Park Circle.
Show runs: October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30:PM and October 16 and 23 at 3:00PM