Encore performance of EMILIE for Piccolo Spoleto
What is Legacy?
Voltaire’s feisty lover, La Marquise du Châtelet, visits Charles Towne… again.
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 Voltaire.
Born Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, 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. Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living playwright in America (2016-17 season American Theatre.)
This encore performance produced by South of Broadway Theatre is directed by JC Conway, Artistic Director of Flowertown Players (Chicago, Red Light Winter, Oleanna, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Blue Room, Last Days of Judas Iscariot.) The title role is played “elegantly and flawlessly” by Kristen Kos, who is no stranger to the stage (Streetcar Named Desire, No Exit, Betrayal, Gidion’s Knot, Burn This, Season to Season) or to many of the theatre’s most alluring heroines.
Paul O’Brien takes on the role of Voltaire. The ensemble includes John Bryan, who aside from a life in the theatre is a tour guide for the city of Charleston. The Madam is played by Susie Hallat, and Marissa Rocco returns in the role of Soubrette.
All performances are at 84 ½ Society St. Charleston SC 29401
Tickets: www.PiccoloSpoleto.com & 866-811-4111
Shows: June 3 (3pm & 8pm,) June 4 (3pm) June 8 (7pm) June 9 (9pm) and June 10 (3pm)
Questions or press requests: Kristen Kos 843-745-0317 firstname.lastname@example.org