The Half-Life of Marie Curie

The Half-Life of Marie Curie

Ticket information

Adults: $20.00
Seniors/Students: $10.00

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July 13-17th: PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St., Durham, NC 27701


Production staff:

Director: Noelle Azarelo
Stage Manager: Andrea Zimmerman
Assistant Stage Manager: Kristie Kennedy
Technical Director: John-Paul Middlesworth
Scenic Designer: Lizzie Andrews
Sound Design: Michael Parker
House Manager: Dave McEwen
Producer: Charles Machalicky

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with the married Frenchman Paul Langevin, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by the press lambasting her as a “foreign” temptress and a homewrecking traitor, Marie agrees to join her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette. THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE revels in the power of female friendship as it explores the relationship between these two brilliant women, both of whom are mothers, widows, and fearless champions of scientific inquiry.

Marie Curie was a brilliant scientist, but also a real person. Like everyone else, she fell in love, made mistakes, suffered tragedies, needed friends and dealt with everything the world had to throw at her. This play is a celebration of everyone who has looked adversity in the face as part of living their best life – or in this case, Half-Life.

This production is made possible by a grant from the Durham Arts Council and our sponsors:

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Cast list
Marie Curie………………………..Samantha Corey
Hertha Ayrton………………………..Mary Rowland