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Laney College - Odell Johnson Theater
Oakland, CA
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What if you could time travel to 1915 Paris and meet one of the worlds greatest scientists?

You're invited to take part in a theatrical presentation of Susan Marie Frontczak's acclaimed portrayal of Polish scientist & two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skodowska Curie. One performances only on Saturday, Oct 19th at 2:30pm at the Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Theater! MANYA: The Living History of Marie Curie is presented by the Laney College Chemistry Department, California Section of the American Chemical Society & Women Chemists Committee

Marie Curie best known for the discovery of radioactivity  including the first successful treatment for cancer  but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory.

What if she could tell her story?

MANYA: The Living History of Marie Curie invites audiences of all ages to meet Marie Curie as she recollects her quest to isolate two elements  polonium and radium. From her childhood in Poland to groundbreaking research in France, Dr. Curie shares the struggles, failures and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries and remarkable collaboration with companion scientist & husband Pierre Curie.  

Whether looking at Marie within her historical context or through the lens of a new millennium, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

Recommended for adults and students age 12 & older.

For over 20 years, Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature and history to life as a scholar, playwright & performer.

Having created and performed ten different Living History programs across 42 of the United States and abroad, she plays in theaters, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally  including performing Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie and A Visit with Madame Curie over 435 times to over 59,000 people in 34 states and nine countries. She is the producer of the digital theater film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie in collaboration with STEM on Stage.

In dramatizing the life of Marie Skodowska Curie, Susan Marie pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Marie Curies perseverance in purifying a tenth of a gram of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Susan Marie to major in Engineering.  She earned a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and worked for fourteen years at Hewlett-Packard Company before pursuing full time writing and performing.  

Susan Marie has always viewed both science and art as complimentary outlets for creativity. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Dr. Marie Curies life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context.


Laney College - Odell Johnson Theater (View)
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607
United States



Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: California Section, ACS
On BPT Since: Jun 23, 2019
California Section, ACS

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