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The Half-Life of Marie Curie

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"We do things for people we love that make very little sense."
"I might have finally stopped feeling, actually."
"And yet here you are with more work to do, more to explore."

  • The Half-Life of Marie Curie
  • "We do things for people we love that make very little sense."
  • The Half-Life of Marie Curie
  • "I might have finally stopped feeling, actually."
  • The Half-Life of Marie Curie
  • "And yet here you are with more work to do, more to explore."

About the Creator

Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the play Miss Bennet with Margot Melcon. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit, Pursued by a Bear; The Taming; and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer; Natural Shocks; The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley; and Miss Bennet), and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon.

About the Director

Gaye Taylor Upchurch has directed the world premieres and Off-Broadway productions of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match (Roundabout and The Old Globe), Animal (with Rebecca Hall at Atlantic Theater; Studio Theatre; Helen Hayes nomination for best direction), and Bethany with America Ferrera (Women’s Project Theater and The Old Globe). Her other Off-Broadway credits include Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan and Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater Company), Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl (Atlantic), and Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Selected regional credits include Member of the Wedding (Williamstown), The Year of Magical Thinking with Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage), An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and West Point), and As You Like It (Hudson Valley and Folger Theater in Washington, DC; Falstaff Award for Best Production and nomination for Best Director).

About the Performer

Kate Mulgrew stars as Galina "Red" Reznikov, the tough Russian prison chef who is always keeping score, in the series Orange Is the New Black. She received a Critics Choice Television Award and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her work. Mulgrew is internationally recognized as Captain Janeway, the first leading-role female captain in the Star Trek TV franchise in Star Trek: Voyager. Her career spans film, television, and the stage. Classically trained, she received a Golden Globe nomination at the age of 23 for her portrayal of Mrs. Columbo, the wife of the famous TV detective. Other notable television appearances include Kate Loves a Mystery, Cheers, Murphy Brown, St. Elsewhere, Ryan’s Hope, The Black Donnellys, Mercy, Warehouse 13, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and Mr. Mercedes. Film roles include Throw Momma from the Train, Star Trek: Nemesis, A Stranger Is Watching, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and The Response. Mulgrew has toured throughout the United States as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five, for which she was nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards. Other theater credits include Equus, The American Dream, The Sandbox, Iphigenia 2.0 (for which she won an Obie), Our Leading Lady, Black Comedy, Titus Andronicus, and Somewhere Fun, all in New York. She performed in The Exonerated in London and regionally in The Royal Family, The Film Society, What the Butler Saw, Hedda Gabler, Measure for Measure, The Real Thing, Another Part of the Forest, Major Barbara, and Antony and Cleopatra. Her first book, Born with Teeth, a memoir about life lived to the fullest, made The New York Times best seller list. Her second book, How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, was released in 2019. She resides in New York City.

About the Performer

Francesca Faridany is an accomplished stage and screen actress. Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Macbeth; Man and Boy; The 39 Steps; and The Homecoming. Off-Broadway: This Day Forward; The NY Idea; Orlando; and The Stronger. Regional highlights: Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Carmel Bach Festival); 2013 Helen Hayes Best Actress Award for Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC); Julia in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (McCarter); title role in her own adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else (Sundance Theater Lab, Berkeley Rep.; La Jolla; Long Wharf; McCarter Theaters); Narrator in the Sitwell/Walton Façade (Caramoor Music Festival); Cassandra in Agamemnon opposite Tyne Daly (Getty Villa); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre); and the many productions with director Stephen Wadsworth, including: As You Like It; The Oresteia; Don Juan; Design for Living; An Ideal Husband; Changes of Heart; and The Game of Love and Chance. Film: False Positive (2020); Black Panther; Love After Love; The Audition; Closing Night; and Conceiving Ada. Media: Lady Macbeth and Titania for the Wordplay Shakespeare series. Radio: Quartermaine’s Terms (BBC). TV: The Hunt; Bull; Manifest; FBI; Homeland; Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders; Falling Water; Law & Order: SVU; E.R.; and Deadline. Francesca trained in London at The Drama Centre.

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Fantastic!

It opened a door into these women's lives that I guess I had walked by before. Both actresses are amazing and the story uplifting. I will be listening again to this with my grown daughter as soon as I can.

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This is a Masterpiece!

The dialogue, the performance, the production, the message, the emotion: perfect.

and now I need to add random words so Audible will allow me to post :)

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Feminist Foul Mouthed Fast-paced Fabulous

Fabulous Feminist Foul Mouthed Fast-paced show about Friendship. Will listen to again and again.
Favorite line: I'm a mechanical engineer and mother of two. I can fix anything.

39 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Came for the science left with the guilt

Ok, I want to start off by saying that it’s going to sound like I hated the story, and I didn’t, it’s just not what I had hoped for. Also, the performers were great, they transported me there, and had good conveyance of emotion. Here we have a great opportunity to peek inside the personal life one of the greatest scientific historical figures, and all we get is gossip and a second hand failed love story? There was a missed opportunity to show an EXAMPLE of a courageous woman showing how she demanded respect by being a truly amazing scientist., doing science stuff. But this story reduces her to gossip, complaining, bitterness, and misogyny. Why not throw a little science in there too? Why not touch on history, why just say “I’m so great, I’m so smart” when you could have shown us how? It’s ok to include this whole aspect of the story, but add to it, focus more on the ‘how’ and the ‘why’. I would have loved to hear more on the war aspect, in addition to the science aspect. I believe this story achieves the opposite effect of what they were going for when the reduced someone so amazing to a gossipy complainer, who ragged on how unfair those men are, disappointing.

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A new perspective on the life Curie

It made me laugh, it made me cry, definitely worth a hear for an immersive experience of Madam Curie.

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the best 79 min so far

It is THE BEST audible original so far, amazing and inspiring story of how strong women are.

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Perfection

I saw the play in New York a couple of weeks ago and it could not be more brilliant. Yes, there was some repetition, esp. with regards to how unfairly Curie was treated as opposed to the man she'd had an affair with (who was almost "congratulated" for it by the press and the people). But it was a truly scintillating show about two remarkable scientists and their friendship brought to life by two superlative actresses. Particularly, Kate Mulgrew laid into the role of Hertha Ayrton with full force that left me in awe. Hats off. Getting the audio of the play was no brainer for me.

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Women who changed the world in spite of patriarchy

I am as passionate about this title as Marie Curie and Herther Ayrton were about their science. I had heard of Curie of course [who hasn't--she's about the only female scientist most science textbooks menion], I had not heard of Ayrton. Their discoveries and inventions are embedded one way or another in our daily lives.

Of course they were suffragists. Ayrton spent time in jail for the cause. Curie fought for women in science by being herself and following where her intellect led her no matter who tried to stop her. And so many did. Because of her affair with Paul Langevin, also a physicist but unfortunately married, she was almost prevented from showing up at the Nobel Ceremony to be honored for her SECOND Nobel prize because of the "shame" her affair. Of course, Paul attended without opposition. Thanks to the support of her dearest friend Herther, she showed up anyway, and made a point of stopping at each table full of guests to thank them graciously for her prize.

Kate Mulgrew [Marie] and Francesca Faridany [Herther] offer outstanding performances. It feels as if they are channeling the two women. They are as passionate for their roles as Marie e& Herther werer fo their science, and for women.

Marie and Herther: two brazen, brilliant, strong women without whom our modern lives would be very different, with their passion for science, for exploration, for adventures of the mind, are the best role models for any girl or woman interested in making her mark on the world, whatever field of endeavor that might be.

Oh, my. How I dearly wish I could have heard or seen this play when I was 14 & trying to figure out what to do with my life.

Make sure the girls & women in your lives receive copies for Christmas.

Every daughter, every mother, every granddaughter must listen to and/or see this play. It brings me to tears of gratitude for these women.

We stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Spectacular! I've been waiting so long for this

A beautifully produced, dazzling conversation between brilliant minds who both happen to be women. And who are talking about the joy of discovery — NOT men, except in passing. I've been waiting my whole life for this, and honestly it feels like the world is cracking open. Finally the truth of who women are, to science, to each other, to their children, to their partners, is making it into a media that has been 99.9% by, for, and about men. I remember seeing Einstein at the Lapin Agile in SF in 1997 and being wild about its approach...but like every other produced play it didn't include the particular way women approach knowing, and doing, and inventing. Thank you to everyone involved in this moving, brilliant project...and when, oh when, can I see this play on the West Coast?

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The accent...

So, first I think I’m just not a fan of audible dramas and maybe would have preferred a different genre for this (maybe something less casual)- thus, my four stars for story. However what got me most was the accent used for Marie Curie’s lines. It was a thick French accent even though she lived in Poland until her mid-twenties and was known to maintain a strong Polish identity even while in France. It’s unreasonable to expect her to have a strong French accent like that. Now maybe the point is she’s “speaking French” but doing it in English for us listeners, but it still took me out of the story too much.

Might not bother many people- I just happen to be an academic in linguistics and can’t help listening to accents.

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  • 12-05-19

The Half Life Of Marie Curie

Performances that take you to another place. Seeing as a play, watching the actors is one thing. This, as audio, is another journey, more powerful. Close your eyes and just listen. Become a part of their journey and 'live' it with them. Both actresses draw you in and spiritually you are there with them. Beautifully acted and written. You feel honoured to feel you are sharing their journey and their amazing friendship, their love for each other, these two amazing women. When I 'returned', face tear stained, my home was in darkness, because I had been truly 'away'. Thank you to all for my amazing journey with you, for allowing me the honour of sharing something which enriches me.

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