Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
Most people, if they know her at all, recognize Emilie, La Marquise du Châtelet, as Voltaire’s lover. She was also a brilliant scientist who contributed to our understanding of physics. Eighteenth-century France was even more hostile than our society to women who “want it all,” and on the eve of her death from childbirth, Emilie tracks "love vs. science" on a scoreboard to see which dominated her life more. Lauren Gunderson’s thoughtful, wistful play invites us along as this charismatic, daring intellectual investigates her life choices.
Runtime approx. 2 hours with intermission
Recommended for audiences age 16 and up; discussion and depiction of death in childbirth, romantic relationships
$17 — general admission
$5 — for students, youth, and senior patrons, as well as Card to Culture
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