Emilie: Imaginative Historical Drama Based on Famed French Thinker
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Richard Feynman was a true iconoclast, a brilliant theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner who played the bongos and was beloved by his students. A rock star among his fellow scientists, he was also enormously popular with non-scientists for his work presenting scientific topics to the general public in an engaging and understandable way. He was perhaps most well-known for his hilarious collections of anecdotes from his life and work, including Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! This up-close and personal portrait, performed by Jeff Garrett, relives a day in the life of Mr. Feynman, presenting scenes from both his professional life (working on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger inquiry) to his personal life (the death of his wife and his own fight with cancer). This touching and laugh-out-loud biographical play brings forth the humor, warmth and personality that made Richard Feynman a beloved figure of 20th-century science. 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.