University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

February 15, 2006
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6638

USA Features One-Woman Drama About the Life of Physicist Marie Curie

The department of physics and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Alabama present “Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, at the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Seating is limited.

StorySmith Susan Marie Frontczak will perform in a one-woman drama exposing the struggles and triumphs of Madame Marie Curie, a Polish scientist, mother and teacher.

Curie, born in 1867, is a preeminent woman of science who discovered radium and radioactivity. She is the first European woman to earn a doctorate in the sciences, first woman to lecture at the Sorbonne, and winner of two Nobel Prizes.

The audience will re-live the extraordinary collaboration between Curie and her husband Pierre. As companion scientists, they worked with the medical community to establish the first successful treatments for cancer.

This program also honors the ethic of scientific altruism. The Curies declined to patent their methods, insisting that to profit from the discovery of radium would be “contrary to the scientific spirit.” This program also honors Manya’s Polish heritage.

For 24 years Frontczak has brought literature to life, created stories and honed personal experience into tales worth telling. She has a background in management and engineering, and plays in theatres, corporations, and international festivals. Her original narrative scripts and stories include “Ground Hog Day” Morning Edition, Colorado Public Radio; “Vanishing Voices” with the Planina Eastern European Choir; and “Two Hearts, Four Feet,” a celebration of social dance to accompany the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, and “Paris in the Jazz Age.”

Major sponsors for this performance are the departments of physics, chemistry, history, and dramatic arts, the Society of Physics Students, Jaguar Productions, the American Chemical Society, the Gender Studies Group and USA Women in Science.

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