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.
Samuel French, Inc
Beacon Artists Agency
1501 Broadway, Suite 1200
New York NY 10036
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION: March 25-April 17, 2011 at New Theatre, Coral Gables, Florida.
Winner of the TCG/Edgerton Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Grant; and the Dramatists Guild Play Grant.
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
"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."
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."