The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, a professional theatre company in residence at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, spreads their wings northward to Aurora Theatre for their production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, running August 8 to 25, 2013. The play is about Emilie du Châtelet, the real-life 18th century scientific genius, Voltaire’s lover, and quite simply one of history’s most intriguing women. On this night Emilie is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history. The play features Suzi Award-winner Veronika Duerr as Emilie. She is surrounded by a talented cast of Joe Sykes, Tony Larkin, Erin Considine, and Holly Stevenson. Director Shannon Eubanks, whose experience as an accomplished actor on both stage and screen makes her an actor’s dream as she draws compelling performances from this talented company.
About the Playwright
Successful San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson is an Atlanta native and Emory University graduate who ended up on the west coast after spending time in NYC before finding a her home in San Francisco. Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Dramatic Writing at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts School at New York University, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She has been commissioned, developed and produced at South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky, I And You), at The Kennedy Center (Dr. Wonderful), at The O’Neill Playwrights Conference (Fire Work), and had her multi-city rolling premiere of the revenge comedy Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Her plays are published by Samuel French and Playscripts, Inc. She writes for the Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Weird Sisters Co-Founder and Aurora Theatre Director of Education Jaclyn Hofmann, “Our show celebrates an 18th century French scientist, which makes it a perfect companion to Aurora’s production of Les Miserables. The shows will run simultaneously with Les Miserables on the main stage and Emilie in the more intimate studio. All of Weird Sisters Co-Founders Kelly Criss, Veronika Duerr, Megan Houchins, Tiffany Porter, and I have artistic ties to Aurora Theatre. We are ecstatic to be doing this play at this theatre!”
Kelly Criss says about the show, “”Emilie…” takes on the fierce, independent heroine’s universal struggle (follow the heart or the head?) and surrounds it with the French Enlightenment, her dysfunctional family, and one incredibly sexy poet named Voltaire. A modern-day Emilie could probably be found hashing it all out with her Samantha, Charlotte, and Carrie over a couple (or more) cocktails!”
About The Weird Sisters Theatre Project
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project was founded in 2012 by a coalition of artists associated with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. With a mission is to foster and cultivate opportunities for women in the theatrical arts. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is committed to creating theatre by women, for everyone.
“An evening of humor and heartbreak with a powerhouse ending.” – BroadwayWorld.com
“…a highly theatrical romp that literally crackles with electricity.” –LA/OC Examiner
Cast & Crew
Veronika Duerr Emilie
Joe Sykes Voltaire
Erin Considine Soubrette
Holly Stevenson Madame
Tony Larkin Gentleman
Shannon Eubanks Director
Kelly Criss Producer
Veronika Duerr Producer
Jaclyn Hofmann Producer
Megan Rose Houchins Producer
Tiffany Porter Producer
James M. Helms Set Designer
Joe Monaghan Lighting & Sound Designer
Rachel Frawley Costume Designer
Annie York Costume Assistant
Rachel Hamilton Props Designer
Kara Procell Stage Manager
Betty Mitchell Assistant Stage Manager
Kathy Janich Dramaturg
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
By Lauren Gunderson
August 8 through 25
Thursday through Saturday, Aug 8 to 10 at 8 p.m.
August 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday August 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday August 22 to 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 at 2:30 p.m.