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Posted on: October 4, 2018

Director’s Vienna Theatre Company debut explores magical realism

Newcomer Kathleen Barth will make her Vienna Theatre Company directorial debut when Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight is staged the final two weekends of October and the first weekend of November. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center; the performance on Sunday, October 28, is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the community center; if still available, tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of performances.

Emilie, a 2008 play written by Lauren Gunderson, one of the country’s top 20 most-produced playwrights, is about real-life 18th century philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Emilie Du Chatelet. Following her death and employing magical realism, the play’s title character retroactively reexamines her life. The script’s Dickensian method of storytelling – looking back at choices, people, and motivations in one’s life – allows Barth to creatively challenge herself and the production team as well as ideas and concepts inside and outside the theater.

“I read Emilie when I was in the process of receiving my BFA from George Mason University,” says Barth, “and I just thought ‘Wow! This is such a great female-written work showcasing the female experience of a woman who went against societal norms and expectations at the time by fulfilling her passions in the arts and sciences.’ In her time, female crusaders for the kind of progress she represented were few and far between – I feel the same about female representation in theater and the world today. I wanted to bring her story to today’s stage to show what’s possible.”

Barth wants to leave Emilie audiences with the same challenge that the philosopher examined throughout her life: What is legacy?


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