- Winner! TCG Edgerton Award: “One of 40 new American plays to watch.”
Winner! The Sloan Science Foundation's Awards for Commission and Production Enhancement
Reviews"The Radiant casts a glow on Marie Curie ... The playwright gives her stubbornness, determination, single-mindedness, [and] passion..." - The Miami Herald Tribune
"Award winning playwright Shirley Lauro's exploration of the scientist and woman [Marie Curie] comes to life ... Wonderful and highly appreciated by audiences." - Around Town - Miami
"The sciencephobe need not worry: the science is handled quickly and deftly in 'The Radiant' by Shirley Lauro ..." - TotalTheater.com
"Shirley Lauro has written an intriguing play about the behind-the-scenes life of two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. The drama juxtaposes her laboratory discovery of radium in metal with her romantic entanglement that caused a scandal and threatened her career." - New York Calling ABOUT TOWN
"... Lauro's Curie has a steely, even forbidding exterior of determination and self-control that masks a raging swirl of insecurity, shyness, mourner's grief, and need ..." - South Florida Review
"Lauro['s] Curie is not the sanitized, saintly Greer Garson. This pioneering woman projects a curt, off putting exterior forged out of determination and self-control - which conceals a maelstrom of shyness, fear and heartache... and a girlish relief in the rare moments that [she] lets down her guard." - Variety.com
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 1910s / WWI
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Paris, Normandy, Provence, France; and Stockholm, Sweden. Ideally, the set is not realistic but a cinematic space or landscape which is fluid and can easily become several different locations for Marie Curie as she moves through her journey in the play.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
KATARINA - 17. Marie's niece from Warsaw. Pretty, funny, strong spirited but not contemporary teen—rather of an era when young people were ruled by adults. Loveable, impulsive, dramatic, but tries to contain herself. Clothing: blouse with possible touch of Polish style embroidery, dark longish skirt of period.
PAUL LANGEVIN - early 30’s. Handsome, youthful, French. Brilliant but naïve, sensual man. Repressed, yearns to break out. White shirt, vest, student type jacket. Later in dark suit/trousers.
*CHIEF PAYMASTER OF THE SORBONNE - Middle-age. Epitome of bureaucrat, a lecher. Possible pince-nez, vest, time-piece in vest. French accent.
*PROFESSOR WILBOIS - Late middle-age. Physics professor at Sorbonne. Kindly, loveable. Somewhat absent minded—maybe a stain or two on clothing, missing button on vest, etc. From Alsace-Lorraine, possibly has slight French/German accent.
*LORD KELVIN - Middle—aged. Physics Professor, University of Edinburgh. A Scotsman (either Scottish or English accent.). Possibly reddish hair. Pompous, blustery, condescending. Possibly smokes pipe; possibly in clothing with Scotch plaid/argyle design touches. Elegant in appearance.
*Characters designed to be portrayed by one actor.
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
* indicates characters who are designed to be portrayed by one actor. Concept: for MARIE, they are the outside world: men of power surrounding her, with whom she must relate and/or struggle. CHIEF PAYMASTER and KELVIN are in opposition to her. WILBOIS, sympathetic, but forced to bear bad news.