What if you could time travel to 1915 Paris and meet one of the world's greatest scientists?
You're invited to meet two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska-Curie in this acclaimed theatrical production of MANYA: The Living History of Marie Curie at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco on November 15th @ 7:30pm & November 16th @ 2:00pm.
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.vimeo.com/107822994
“Your masterful depiction of Madame Curie — her heart, spirit and intellect — mesmerized audiences.” ~Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Two shows! Saturday, November 15th @ 7:30pm & Sunday, November 16th @ 2:00pm
Marie Curie (née Maria Skłodowska) is best known for the discovery of radioactivity — including the first successful treatment for cancer — but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory.
This inspiring living history theatrical production reveals Marie’s remarkable journey from her childhood in Poland through groundbreaking research in France and international prominence.
Masterfully portrayed by acclaimed living history scholar & playwright, Susan Marie Frontczak, MANYA: The Living History of Marie Curie explores the tenacity of the human spirit and the enduring allure of scientific discovery.
With over 350 performances across 31 states and nine countries, we are excited to bring MANYA to the historic Victoria Theatre. Built in 1908 — and restored to its original splendor — this family-owned venue remains San Francisco’s oldest theater!
Written, Performed & Directed for the Stage by Susan Marie Frontczak, Storysmith®
Praise for Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie:
“A very empathetic and poignant vision of the person, the woman, and the scientist Madame Curie. With both humor and sharp observations, Frontczak creates Marie Curie's universe.” ~Gertie Skaarup, Niels Bohr Institute
“Scientists in the audience applaud the accuracy of the presentation, while the non-scientists rejoice at the accessibility of Manya's scientific descriptions.” ~The American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, TN
"MANYA was the most incredible performance I have ever experienced. I was drawn in not only by the portrayal of Marie Curie the Scientist, but also by Marie Curie the Person. The combination of a truly inspiring and historically accurate story combined with an outstanding portrayal of Marie Curie make MANYA a performance that I will never forget." ~Dr. John Stenger-Smith, Chemistry Professor
About Susan Marie Frontczak | Scholar, Playwright & Performer - Storysmith®
For over 20 years, Susan Marie Frontczak (www.storysmith.org) has brought literature and history to life, created stories from thin air, and honed personal experience into tales worth telling again and again. She plays in theatres, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. She has created and performed seven different Living History programs across thirty-five of the United States and abroad. She’s presented MANYA over 350 times across 31 states and nine countries abroad. Susan Marie authored the Young Chautauqua handbook for Colorado Humanities. In addition to coaching Young Chautauquans — a youth program for developing living history presentations — she has worked as a Storytelling/Theater Artist-in-Residence across Colorado, and taught storytelling and living history classes to adults for 23 years, including courses at Colorado State University and Naropa University.
In dramatizing the life of Maria Skłodowska, 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 to major in Engineering, where she worked for fourteen years at Hewlett Packard before pursuing full time writing and performing. She earned a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Software Engineering from Wang Institute of Graduate Studies (now part of Boston University). 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.
For more information, contact Jen Myronuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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