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Fermilab Art Series presents:
Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie
by Susan Marie Frontczak
April 21, 2012 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $16/$8 for ages 18 and under
$12.80 with purchase of 5 or more Adult tickets for Arts Series events
$14.40 with purchase of 3 or 4 Adult tickets for Arts Series events, or with a group of 10 or more for this performance.

On-line ticketing now available! Click here to purchase tickets or call our box office at 630/840.ARTS (2787). On-line ticketing for this event is available until noon on Friday, April 20.

"Your masterful depiction of Madame Curie - her heart, spirit and intellect - mesmerized audiences at all three performances, from children to our Ph.D. scientists." - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

For over a decade Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak has traveled with Marie Curie across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She reveals both science and art as valid outlets for creativity. In dramatizing the life of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Susan pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Her other meticulously researched first-person portrayals include author Mary Shelley, dancer Irene Castle, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

This one-woman drama exposes the struggles and triumphs of Madame Marie Curie (née Maria Sklodowska) — an academically impassioned, vehemently private, fervently Polish scientist, mother, and teacher. From the political oppression of her childhood, to scientific emergence and fame to the tragedy that forced her into single motherhood as well as further world prominence, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

For 21 years Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature 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. Her original narrative scripts and stories include "Ground Hog" heard on Morning Edition, Colorado Public Radio; "Vanishing Voices" a collaboration with Planina Balkan Women's Choir; and "Two Hearts, Four Feet" a celebration of social dance to accompany the traveling Smithsonian exhibit "Paris in the Jazz Age." In dramatizing the life of Maria Sklodowska, Susan Marie pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Susan, like Manya, enjoyed school, and promotes awareness that academic excellence can lead to outstanding achievement. Marie Curie's perseverance in purifying a grain of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Susan to major in Engineering, where she worked for fourteen years before pursuing full time writing and acting. Susan has always viewed both science and art as valid outlets for creativity. She believes that Marie Curie's inner complexity is not known, and deserves to be. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Marie Curie's life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context.

For more information, please go to Manya Info.


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