Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Carin Bratlie
June 7-22,2013
Performed at St. Catherine University, Mendel Hall, Lecture Hall 106

Love will be her greatest experiment.

She is a noblewoman, Voltaire’s lover, and a scientist whose research bridges the gap between Newton and Einstein. Emilie, Marquise of Châtelet, lives before and beyond her time, skirting the rules of polite society and allowing her only confines to be that of her own brilliant mind. But it is the fragile human heart which adheres to no approved rules. The Marquise examines her position on love, finds it worthy of experimentation, and accepts it as a theory her lifespan may not allow her to prove.

The Cast

Emilie – Shanan Custer
Voltaire – Matt Sciple
Soubrette – Amy Bouthilette*
Gentleman – Daniel Joeck
Madam – Delta Giordano

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie*
Stage Manager – Kristi Ditmarson
Stage Designer – Julia Carlis*
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson*
Sound Designer – Jake Davis
Directing Observer – Amy Abrigo

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

“This is one of the most original and engaging shows of the year.” –Star Tribune

“I’ll make this simple: go and see Theatre Pro Rata’s production of Emilie as quickly as you can.”
“Director Bratlie, author Gunderson, and actor Custer have come together in a perfect storm of a performance.” –TC Daily Planet

“…a show centered as much on intellect as passion move[s] along with real energy and a firm grasp of its ultimate goal.” –City Pages

“Custer feels right at home, both in her period costume and with the emotional demands of the role”
“Matt Sciple… finds the humanity and the vulnerability in the role, along with plenty of intriguing little nuances that alternately earn our respect and our contempt for the character.” –Pioneer Press

“Shanan Custer [has] infused the character with acuity, perspicacity, wit, and compassion with a balance that could only have delighted and gratified the illustrious historical Emilie.” –Aisle Say Twin Cities

Minnesota Playlist mentions the magic of performing Emilie during a power outage.
Emilie competes for theatre-goers on Minnesota Playlist!
Emilie was featured on Art Hounds on MPR!
Spotlight in Lavender Magazine.
City Pages interview with Shanan Custer about Emilie and going back to school
Twin Cities Theater Connection interview with Shanan Custer and Carin Bratlie
The Star Tribune lists the Emilie in its Onstage Spotlight
Minnesota Monthly Magazine calls the show a best best.
Voice Places preview.

Performance Dates
June 7 – 22, 2013
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 P.M.
Pay What You Can Performance on Sunday, June 9th @ 7:30 P.M.

Fun Stuff


Photography by: Charlie Gorrill

Study Guide