“Enlightening and entertaining,
it radiates empowerment.”
Time Out
The Half Life Of Marie Curie The Half Life Of Marie Curie
“A fun 90-minute slice
of history brimming with wit and wisdom.”
New York Stage Review
“Supernova Kate Mulgrew
is a force of nature.”
Time Out, Critics' Pick
“Francesca Faridany
is luminous.”
New York Theatre Guide
“This is too good of a play to miss.”
Theater Pizzazz
“Watching their Marie and Hertha bond, bicker, reconcile, share ideas and ideals — and whiskey — is always compelling.”
The New York Times


From the Producer of Harry Clarke (starring Billy Crudup) and Girls & Boys (starring Carey Mulligan).

Obie Award® winner Kate Mulgrew ("Orange Is the New Black") and Francesca Faridany (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) star in THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE, a compelling new play about renowned scientist Marie Curie and radical engineer Hertha Ayrton — and the friendship that strengthened their resolve to pursue their ambitions.

With lyricism and wit, playwright Lauren Gunderson has crafted an honest, unexpected story that follows Marie Curie during the summer of 1912 when news of her secret affair threatens to overshadow her second Nobel Prize win. Heartbroken, Curie leaves France to stay with Ayrton at her home on the British seaside, and together they confront the scandal that could end Curie’s career — and drastically alter her life.

Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE is a timely celebration of two brilliant women who have been overlooked by history for too long. Written expressly for Audible through its Emerging Playwrights Fund.

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