UCI Drama Faculty and Students Produce Multimedia Dance Theater About Madame Marie Curie

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"Curie, Curie" photo courtesy of Jesús López Vargas

Chancellor's and Claire Trevor Professor Bryan Reynolds in the Department of Drama leads a thrilling collaboration of theater focused on the life and work of Madame Marie Skłodowska Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. The partnership is between Transversal Theater Company and Laurie Sefton, who will debut two distinct works entitled Curie, Curie and Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things. Both productions will debut in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) on Claire Trevor School of the Arts campus on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. 

Curie, Curie is written and directed by Prof. Reynolds with choreography by Jessica Dunn. The show integrates new intermedia theater technologies with live bodies in a multimedia dance, music and video performance of the beautifully romantic and fiercely scientific life of two-time Nobel Prize-winner Marie Skłodowska Curie, discoverer of radioactivity and warrior for humankind. Transversally, the show lets the audience experience Marie intensify, expand and flourish within the immense complexities of the world, powered by her super determination combined with the synergetic passion and love she shares with her husband and collaborator Pierre. Together, Marie and Pierre changed the course of history. 

Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things is directed and choreographed by Laurie Sefton, who has created a multi-layered work about Madame Curie as a working female. The show examines the process of her work, the campaign led by U.S. women to fund her further research on radium, how she maintained her professional life, female identity, and the elements she is most closely associated with: Radium, Polonium and Curium. 

The creative team boasts a cohort of drama faculty, alumni and current students, including lighting design by Lonnie Alcaraz, professor of lighting design; production manager and associate creative producer Jesús López Vargas (M.F.A. ’21); actor Evan Lugo (M.F.A. candidate); lighting assistant Lu Valero (undergrad); and stage manager Vivian Juarez (undergrad).

Performances are free and open to the public with a reservation via Eventbrite here.
Evenings: Oct. 29, 30, 31 at 7 p.m.
Matinees: Oct. 30, 31 at 2 p.m.

UCI COVID-19 protocols are in place for the safety of the performers and patrons. These measures will be strictly adhered to during all performances. Limited space is available, and attendees must be masked. General admission tickets are only available through the Eventbrite link.