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Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie Film Screening

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As one of the world’s most renowned scientists, two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Sklodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity — but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory.

What if she could tell her story?

Join American Association of University Women (AAUW) Palo Alto and the Palo Alto PTA Council for a free preview film screening of Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit with Marie Curie (45 mins) on Saturday, January 20th froom 2:30pm - 4:00pm.

This film is highly recommended for adults, middle school & high school students.

Humanity Needs Dreamers invites audiences to meet Marie Curie as she recollects her quest to isolate two elements —polonium and radium. From her childhood in Poland to groundbreaking research in France, Dr. Curie shares the struggles, failures, and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries and remarkable collaboration with companion scientist and husband Pierre Curie.

Masterfully portrayed by living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers is the cinematic version of the acclaimed one-woman theatrical show. As an immersive science film, this unique format breaks the wall between live theater and cinema, past and present, scholar and performer.

Event includes post screening Q & A with filmmaker Jen Myronuk, Co-Founder of STEM on Stage plus science trivia with prizes!

Free with RSVP https://mariecuriefilmjan20.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.

Sponsored by AAUW Palto and the Palo Alto PTA Council. For more information about AAUW Palo Alto, please visit https://paloalto-ca.aauw.net/

Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie is produced by STEM on Stage – a STEAM initiative to promote narrative science through living history theater, film & immersive media. Visit www.stemonstage.org or email jen@stemonstage.org for more info.


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REVIEWS FOR HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE

“You might be familiar with the mythological Marie Curie — often the first person people think of when asked to name a female scientist. But until you watch the wonderful "Humanity Needs Dreamers," it's impossible to feel what it was like to *be* Curie . . . to intimately understand how her past shaped the way she practiced science and to internalize how her love of research propelled science profoundly forward despite numerous obstacles. Susan Marie Frontczak's performance in this film is deeply moving and believable; she truly embodies one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Watching this film, I came away with a newfound appreciation for Curie's significant accomplishments. I’d consider this required viewing for any student — of science, of history, of humanity itself.” - Maia Weinstock, Science Writer & Creator of LEGO Women of NASA

“Susan Marie Fronzak’s portrait captures Curie’s courage, curiosity, fragility, edge, and passion, and her storytelling transports the audience into the world of her laboratory and life. This film is a rare find.” - Holly Walter Kerby, Executive Director, Fusion Science Theater

"Portraying scientists, especially ones with the iconic value of an Einstein or a Curie, requires a balancing act of biography, culture, and, most importantly, science. In Humanity Needs Dreamers, Susan Marie Frontczak manages to merge all these elements so seamlessly that you get into the head of this remarkable Polish immigrant in France who loved and advanced science while getting a sense of what drove her and what she accomplished. I wasn't sure in advance I'd enjoy 45 minutes listening to a single character only to find myself mesmerized the entire time.Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie is everything a science film should be.” - Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science, Harvard University

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ABOUT THE SCHOLAR & PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER SUSAN MARIE FRONTCZAK:

For over 20 years, Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature and history to life as a scholar, playwright & performer through her work at www.storysmith.org

Having created and performed seven different Living History programs across thirty-five of the United States and abroad, she plays in theaters, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally — including performing Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie and A Visit with Madame Curie over 400 times to over 52,000 people in 32 states and nine countries.

In dramatizing the life of Marie Skłodowska Curie, Susan Marie pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Marie Curie’s perseverance in purifying a tenth of a gram of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Susan Marie to major in Engineering. She earned a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and worked for fourteen years at Hewlett-Packard Company before pursuing full time writing and performing.

Susan Marie has always viewed both science and art as complimentary outlets for creativity. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Dr. Marie Curie’s life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context. Her first film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie based on her living history portrayal is now in preview screenings. www.storysmith.org/manya



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