Marie Currie discovered and named the elements radium and polonium. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple science fields – physics and chemistry - all before women were allowed to vote in France.
This play manages to convey not only her astonishing achievements without sounding like a book report, but it captures her personal life as a female scientist of the time.
Curie and her dear friend, Ayrton, face their challenges with understanding and a great deal of humor. When the play opens in 1911, Marie Curie is in the middle of a horrible social scandal that has her vilified in the press and on the streets. Ayrton comes to Paris to stand by her fellow scientist Marie and stare down her enemies with charm and humor.
The Half-Life of Marie Curie illustrates how remarkable these two women were, and what they accomplished simply for the love of doing it.
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