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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Directed by Shannon Eubanks

Aurora Theatre hosts The Weird Sister’s Theatre Project for their production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, running August 8–25 in the Peach State Federal Credit Union Studio Theatre.

Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history. “An evening of humor and heartbreak with a powerhouse ending.”

This cast is led by Director Shannon Eubanks, who Aurora Audiences may remember from Jekyll & Hyde, or might recognize from films like The Patriot or Runaway Jury. Ms. Eubanks has acted and directed all around Atlanta! Starring in the title role is Suzi Award Winning Actress, Veronika Duerr. She is surrounded by a talented cast: Joe Sykes, Tony Larkin, Erin Considine and Holly Stevenson.


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About the Playwright

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, who lived in New York City before finding San Francisco. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, 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.

From the Producers

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project co-founders: Kelly Criss, Veronika Duerr, Jaclyn Hofmann, Megan Houchins and Tiffany Porter are ecstatic to be working at Aurora Theatre. Jaclyn Hofmann works full-time at Aurora as Director of Education, and all of the other ladies in the group have worked as Teaching Artists and/or Actors at Aurora, so it’s naturally the perfect fit! This show celebrates an 18th century French scientist, so it also felt like the perfect fit, while Aurora is producing Les Misérables, a French-themed show, on the main stage simultaneously!

August 8–25, 2013


Thursday–Saturday, August 8–10, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thursday–Saturday, August 22–24, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tickets $15


About the Weird Sisters Theatre Project

weird_sisters_logo The Weird Sisters Theatre Project was founded in 2012 by a coalition of artists associated with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Our mission is to foster and cultivate opportunities for women in the performing arts. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is committed to creating theatre by women, for everyone.

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Emilie Veronika Duerr
Voltaire Joe Sykes
Soubrette Erin Considine
Madame Holly Stevenson
Gentleman Tony Larkin
Production Staff
Director Shannon Eubanks
Producer Kelly Criss
Producer Veronika Duerr
Producer Jaclyn Hofmann
Producer Megan Rose Houchins
Producer Tiffany Porter
Dramaturg Kathy Janich
Set Designer James M. Helms
Lighting & Sound Designer Joe Monaghan
Costume Designer Rachel Frawley
Props Designer Rachel Hamilton
Stage Manager Kara Procell
Assistant Stage Manager Betty Mitchell
Costume Assistant Annie York