Lauren Gunderson’s historical play The Half-Life of Marie Curie explores the lives and friendship of famous scientists Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton.
Marie Curie was famous for discovering and naming the elements radium and polonium. Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, and the only person to win in multiple science fields – physics and chemistry - all before women were allowed to vote in France.
This play conveys not only Curie’s astonishing achievements without sounding like a book report, it also captures her personal life as a female scientist of the time.
Curie and her dear friend, Hertha Ayrton, face their challenges with understanding and a great deal of humor. When the play opens in 1911, a social scandal has led to Marie Curie being vilified in the press and on the street. Ayrton comes to Paris to stand by her fellow scientist Marie and stare down her enemies with charm and humor.
The Half-Life of Marie Curie illustrates how remarkable these two women were, and what they accomplished simply for the love of doing it.
The play contains some adult language.
Marie Curie Jane Martin Lynch
Hertha Ayrton Brynne Garman
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