"The Radiant is a gripping play...an intriguing drama...the love affair between the eminent scientist [Marie Curie] and her lab assistant, Paul Langevin... a scandal that made headlines all over the world in the early years of the 20th century."
-The Santa Monica Daily Press, Cynthia Citron, November 9, 2017
"Intriguing new play!...absorbing historical trip into the past."
-Discover Hollywood L.A., Harrison Held, November 6, 2017

"A compassionate peak at a woman trying to make it in the 1900 world of men...taps into Curie's life with all its challenges, hope, fears..."
-Splash Magazine Los Angeles, October 29, 2017





PHOTOGRAPH by MICHAEL PALMA THE RADIANT By Shirley Lauro Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams at Red Fern Theatre Company, NYC Feb/Mar 2013



"THE RADIANT CASTS A GLOW ON MARIE CURIE...THE PLAYWRIGHT GIVES HER STUBBORNNESS, DETERMINATION, SINGLE-MINDEDNESS, [AND] PASSION..."
Christine Dolan, The Miami Herald Tribune, March 25, 2011

"AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SHIRLEY LAURO'S EXPLORATION OF THE SCIENTIST AND WOMAN [MARIE CURIE] COMES TO LIFE...WONDERFUL AND HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY AUDIENCES."
Norman Gorback, Around Town, March 26, 2011

"The sciencephobe need not worry: the science is handled quickly and deftly in 'THE RADIANT' by Shirley Lauro as staged at the New Theatre in Coral Gables..."
TotalTheater.com, March, 2011


THE RADIANT

Set one hundred years ago in Paris, THE RADIANT centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career -- and her life. But -- she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in “The Atomic Age” and the first cure for cancer.


AVAILABLE FROM:
Samuel French, Inc
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Marie & Paul

Katerina & Marie





WORLD PREMIERE



R.J. Seikaly (Paul); Angelica Torn(Marie Curie)
New Theatre World Premiere, photo: Norman Gorback



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Interview: University of Miami's Mihoko Suzuki & Kathryn Tosney about the significance of Curie’s achievements with playwright Shirley Lauro about her new play, "THE RADIANT."

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION: March 25-April 17, 2011 at New Theatre, Coral Gables, Florida.

AWARDS:
Winner of the TCG/​Edgerton Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre/​Sloan Grant; and the Dramatists Guild Play Grant.


WORKSHOP:
The Actors Studio
Starring; Angelica Torn and Ben Rappaport June, 2009
Mentored by Estelle Parsons, Playwright/​Directors Unit.

Developed at EST with three staged readings in 2008, 2009

Written as a Sloan/​EST Commissioned play, 2008

REVIEWS:

"SHIRLEY LAURO'S 'THE RADIANT'...IS A FASCINATING EVENING AT THE THEATER...A GRIPPING STORY ABOUT AN INTRIGUING WOMAN"
-SPLASH Magazine, November 9, 2017

"[THE RADIANT] ...THE INTRIGUING NEW PLAY ABOUT NOBEL PRIZE WINNER MARIE CURIE...WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY LAURO"
-Discover Hollywood, November 8, 2017

"SHIRLEY LAURO'S TENDER, SEARCHING PLAY...IS ADAPTED FROM ...MARIE CURIE'S CLANDESTINE AFFAIR WITH PAUL LANGEVIN."
-The Chicago Reader, May, 2017

"...THIS CHICAGO PREMIERE FEATURES A PRAISEWORTHY PORTRAYAL OF ITS ICONIC SUBJUECT, 'MARIE CURIE.'"
- The Windy City Times, May 2017

"'THE RADIANT' BY SHIRLEY LAURO IS...TIGHTLY WRITTEN AND TELLS THE STORY OF MADAME CURE'S SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES AND TRAGIC PERSONAL LIFE."
-Third Coast Review, May, 2017

"'THE RADIANT' CASTS A GLOW ON MARIE CURIE...THE PLAYWRIGHT GIVES HER STUBBORNNESS, DETERMINATION, SINGLE-MINDEDNESS, [AND] PASSION..."
Christine Dolan, The Miami Herald Tribune, March 25, 2011

"AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SHIRLEY LAURO'S EXPLORATION OF THE SCIENTIST AND WOMAN [MARIE CURIE] COMES TO LIFE...WONDERFUL AND HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY AUDIENCES."
Around Town -Miami, March 26, 2011

"The sciencephobe need not worry: the science is handled quickly and deftly in 'THE RADIANT' by Shirley Lauro ..."
TotalTheater.com, March, 2011

"Shirley Lauro has written an intriguing play about the behind-the-scenes life of two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. The drama juxtaposes her laboratory discovery of radium in metal with her romantic entanglement that caused a scandal and threatened her career."
William Wolf
New York Calling ABOUT TOWN, June 18, 2012

"... Lauro's Curie has a steely, even forbidding exterior of determination and self-control that masks a raging swirl of insecurity, shyness, mourner's grief, and need ..."
South Florida Review, March 28, 2011

"Lauro['s] Curie is not the sanitized, saintly Greer Garson. This pioneering woman projects a curt, off putting exterior forged out of determination and self-control - which conceals a maelstrom of shyness, fear and heartache... and a girlish relief in the rare moments that [she] lets down her guard."
Variety.com, 3/​30/​2011



Workshop Production, 2009

SELECTED WORK

Full Length Plays
LA PREMIERE 2017, The Acting Company at The Other Space; NEW YORK PREMIERE 2012, Red Fern Theatre, New York City; WORLD PREMIERE 2010-11 The New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL. THE RADIANT centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Winner of the TCG/Edgerton Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Grant; and the Dramatists Guild Play Grant.
NEW YORK PREMIERE October 2009 Chicago World Premiere, 2005 "Jeff Award"
2006 Carbonell Award Nominee; 2004 NEA "Access to Excellence Award", in collaboration with New Theatre, FL; 2001 New American Play Prize (Finalist)
Dark comedy of shifting identities and cultures.
Tony & Drama Desk nominations, New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award.
The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights, The Susan Blackburn Prize (Finalist, The Kittredge Foundation Award.
National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award
Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist)
Multigenerational play commissioned by Theatreworks, USA.
An explosive, sexually charged drama drawing on the supernatural.
2016 Carol Kane at The Cherry Lane Theater; A young poet in New York is drawn back to the midwest where her mother is suffering a mental breakdown in an Iowa sanitarium.
Anthology of Plays
2009 New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media, Collaboration Award Finalist. Playwrights include: Paula Vogel, Quiara Hudes, Emily Mann, Shirley Lauro, Cindy Cooper, Nilaja Sun, Jessica Blank. Foreword by Julie Crosby, Artistic Director, The Women's Project, New York.
One Act Plays
New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, Samuel French OOBA Festival Award.
Samuel French Play Writing Award
The Heidemann Prize at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, selected for "Best Short Plays of 1980"
A play commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville showcasing the work of their Playwrights.
Other Work