Lovers of the Enlightenment: Emilie and Voltaire by Talia Pura
Defying the conventions of her day, Emilie du Châtelet was a passionate defender of a woman's right to an education, and her right to live life on her own terms. She was a true feminist. Yet, for over two hundred years, history remembered her only as the lover of Voltaire.
The play explores the last months of the life of Emilie du Châtelet. Complications of a court dalliance led to a pregnancy in her 42nd year. Fear that it would end her life encouraged her to double her efforts to finish her life’s work, writing what is still the only French translation and exploration of Newton's work.
Keywords: female, history, biography, love, science, classical
Minimum number of roles: 5