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St. Norbert College Theatre Program Presents “Emilie, La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight”

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From St. Norbert College, March 31, 2016
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

The St. Norbert College theatre program will present Lauren Gunderson's play "Emilie, La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight" with shows running from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10 and from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16, in the Webb Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the college campus.

All shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the April 10 performance, which will be a 2 p.m. matinee with a talkback with the cast and crew to follow.

The play tells the story of 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet, who returns after the end of her life determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
Stephen Rupsch, associate professor of theatre studies and director of theatre at St. Norbert College, will direct the production. Scenography is by April Beiswenger, assistant professor of theatre studies, and Corey Pinchart is the technical director.
The crew and cast include Molly Barnes (Valders, Wis.), John Berens (Elm Grove, Wis.), Lindsey Bosetski (Denmark, Wis.), Sarah Conard (Kewaunee, Wis.), Katherine de Guia (Palmdale, Calif.), Samantha Dick (Reedsburg, Wis.), Samantha Dyson (Slinger, Wis.), Elynor Gregorich (Greenwood, Wis.), Derica Kellum (Chicago, Ill.), Samantha Kolb (Neenah, Wis.), Adam Mayrer (Medford, Wis.), Alyssa Schinner (Oostburg, Wis.), Mallory Shefchik (Green Bay, Wis.), Austin Walls (Howard, Wis.) and Madeleine Wenc (Lake Forest, Ill.).
Tickets for the show are on sale now. Advance prices are $12-14 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets online, visit The play contains adult themes and language.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College ticket office at (920) 403-3950, or visit

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