alan alda opens World premiere of
Radiance: the passion of marie curie
Director Dan Sullivan’s Cast Features Hugo Armstrong, John de Lancie, Dan Donohue, Anna Gunn, Leonard Kelly-Young, Natacha Roi and Sarah Zimmerman
Opens in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on Nov 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES, November 09, 2011 — The world premiere of acclaimed actor/writer Alan Alda’s Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, a bioplay about the passions and conflicts of the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, opens in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on November 9, 2011. Timed perfectly with the 100th anniversary of Madame Curie’s second Nobel Prize as well as the first International Year of Chemistry, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie delves into the life and romance of one of the most brilliant female scientists in history. Famous for her groundbreaking research in radioactivity, Curie was the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in multiple sciences, but not without a struggle. For all the answers that come to her in the lab, Curie’s life is peppered with questions of how to realize the passion she has for both knowledge and love. Celebrated but then rejected by the popular press as both a woman and scientist, Curie is left to define her place in society – and history – on her own terms.
Helmed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie features Anna Gunn, most recognized by television audiences for her role on AMC’s Breaking Bad, as the title character, John de Lancie, best known to Star Trek fans as “Q” and acclaimed stage actors Hugo Armstrong, Dan Donohue,Leonard Kelly-Young, Natacha Roi and Sarah Zimmerman.
"Marie Curie has been alive in my head for the last four years while I've been writing this play, and to see these brilliant actors make Marie and her world burst into life on the stage is staggering for me,” said playwright Alan Alda. “It was a deeply emotional and very intelligent world they inhabited and this company, under Dan Sullivan's direction, brings a dream of mine into reality. I love it."
radiance: The passion of marie curie
Written by Alan Alda
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Opening Night: Wednesday, November 9
Closing Night: Sunday, December 11
Hugo Armstrong Émile
John de Lancie Pierre
Dan Donohue Paul
Anna Gunn Marie Curie
Leonard Kelly-Young Terbougie / Törnebladh
Natacha Roi Marguerite
Sarah Zimmerman Jeanne
Set Designer Tom Lynch
Costume Designer Rita Ryack
Lighting Designer Daniel Ionazzi
Sound Designer Jon Gottlieb
Production Stage Manager Young Ji
Monday No performances*
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm; 8:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm; 7:00pm
*Please note: There will be no performance on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24; as such a makeup performance is scheduled for Monday, November 21.
Ticket prices for preview performances are $69; current ticket prices for the regular run range from $84 - $89. Tickets are now on sale to subscribers at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at 310-208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org. Single tickets are available to the general public beginning on October 11, 2011.
aLAN ALDA (Playwright)
Alan Alda has written five feature films (including The Four Seasons and The Seduction of Joe Tynan), two best selling books and 19 episodes of the television series MASH, for one of which he was awarded an Emmy for writing. His long-time interest in science led him to interview hundreds of scientists around the world for 11 years on the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers. In 2010, he hosted the science series The Human Spark on PBS. On Broadway, he appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED. In 2006, for his efforts in helping to broaden the public's understanding of science, he was presented with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award. He is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science where he helps develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public.
hugo armstrong (Émile)
Hugo Armstrong’s Los Angeles theater credits include plays at Sacred Fools, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Electric Lodge, REDCAT, Ghost Road, Theatre of Note, The Powerhouse, The Boston Court, UCLAlive in Medea and the Ahmanson Theatre understudying the male roles in God of Carnage. East Coast credits include plays at Quantum Theatre, The Kitchen and The Kennedy Center. Armstrong received an Ovation Award for Bleed Rail at The Theatre at Boston Court and received both The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and an Ovation Award for Land of the Tigers with Burglars of Hamm. Film credits include: upcoming Stephen Frear’s film Lay the Favorite, Voice on the Line,Nanking, Weak Species, Political Disasters, and his own OK, GOOD which he co-wrote and produced with filmmaker Daniel Martinico. He is also the executive producer for the acclaimed documentary Char-ac-ter featuring Sydney Pollack, Dabney Coleman and Harry Dean Stanton. Television credits include: MONK, Criminal Minds,Mystery ER, and the upcoming pilot for The Honorable. He has collaborated with artists Catherine Sullivan in Five Economies / Armond Hammer Museum, Brody Condon in Death Animations / Machine Project, and Daniel Martinico in The Safeway / MOCA's Geffen Contemporary. Armstrong is a graduate of Cal Arts.
JOHN DE LANCIE (Pierre)
John de Lancie has had an eclectic career. His film and television credits include: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Women on Top, Torchwood, Breaking Bad, West Wing, The Closer, Star Trek, and Legend. He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Repertory Company, The South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum and the Old Globe. Voice of the Turtle (Westport Country Playhouse); The Glass Menagerie, Susan and God, Cold Comfort Farm and The Great Divorce (Lamb's Players Theatre). Zimmerman’s voice can be heard on numerous audio books and recordings including: Three Sisters, The Importance of Being Earnest, Summer and Smoke, Major Barbara, Tartuffe, La Bete and Design for Living (for L.A. Theatre Works). TV includes: The Office, Big Love, Without a Trace, The Closerand The Nine. She received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory and her MFA from Old Globe/USD.
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Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024
Box office: 310-208-5454
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