Emilie: Imaginative Historical Drama Based on Famed French Thinker
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The last date listed for Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight was Sunday July 1, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Central Works' 24th season gets off to a roaring start with The Lion and the Fox, an intense political drama that finds Niccolo Machiavelli, the author of the famed "handbook for tyrants," facing off against one of history's great villains, Cesare Borgia. In this prequel to the company's 2009 signature work based on The Prince, Machiavelli can't help but be impressed by the skills and gifts of "the Borgia Bull," even as he threatens to lay waste to Machiavelli's beloved Republic of Florence, and is left to decide whether he should remain loyal to his homeland or support the man who may be his ideal "Prince." Learn More
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The Berkeley City Club was a wonderful venue for this event. The play took place in the living room of a beautiful, castle-like home - that was built by Julia Morgan. The room only sat about 60 people. Seating was two tiered - so everyone had a great seat. The play itself was outstanding. It covered Emelie's life from young adulthood to her death at the age of 41. It conveyed the struggle for balance between romance and science - beautifully. The story was moving - and comprehensive - and remarkably easy to follow. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in the french enlightenment period.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Robert Parsons' smitten, vain and at times devious Voltaire echoes the eroticism of intellect, Blythe Foster doing lovely work as Emilie's occasional stand-in and as Voltaire's lover-niece ... Colin Thomson is poignantly comic as Emilie's indulgent husband ...Tyler McKenna is a sweetly infatuated last lover, and Marie Shell is aptly disapproving as her mother and other ladies." --Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Featuring: Blythe Foster, Danielle Levin, Tyler McKenna, Robert Parsons, Marie Shell and Colin Thomson.