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Georgia Southern Theatre brings French philosopher Émilie Du Châtelet to life in Statesboro opener

The Georgia Southern University Theatre will bring a part of France to Statesboro for the opening performance of the season as they present “Émilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.”

The play, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, is directed by Lisa L. Abbott, M.F.A., and tells the story of Émilie, a mathematical genius, the first woman published by the French Academy of Science, a member of the royalty and a lover of Voltaire.

The play was written by Lauren Gunderson, an American playwright who is best known for her plays about women in science and history and her comedies based on Shakespeare. She was America’s most produced playwright in the 2017-18 season.

In “Émilie,” the title character overcomes the challenges faced by women of her time by living her life on her own terms. She fought for her own education, carried out experiments in physics, and completed a translation and commentary of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica that is still in use to this day.

Curtain for all performances is at 7:30 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee on Sept. 30, which is at 2 p.m. Audience members should arrive at least 15 minutes early as all seats are open admission.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $6 for students, seniors and members of the military. Group rates are available. Contact the box at 912-478-5379 or visit to purchase tickets.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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