About the PLay
A Dangerous Liaison of another kind
Paris 1740, the Age of Enlightenment. When the Marquise du Châtelet and Voltaire take opposing sides in a controversy over Newtonian physics, sparks fly and one of the greatest love affairs of the eighteenth-century takes flight.
Defiant, excessive, and real, the unapologetic scientist Emilie du Châtelet fought for her place as one of her century's greatest scientists with work that endures to this day. In the era of the Me Too movement, Moving Bodies reclaims Emilie's story. Funny, Moving and tragic, she demanded the world meet her on her terms.
In 1734 Emilie du Chatelet (1706-1749) makes a name for herself as a natural philosopher (physicist) in Paris. Although she became famous to the reading public, she is nevertheless ignored or disparaged by men of science. That is, until she causes a controversy by correcting an error of the Secretary of the Academy of Science. Emilie is ambitious in work and passionate in love, her Achille's heel. While the play is about the obstacles in Emilie's path, it focuses more on character than physics and the comedic/tragic relationship between her and Voltaire.