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by Shirley Lauro
March 25 - April 17, 2011

Thursday - Saturdays 8:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
(No Sunday 5:30 pm on March 27)
The Radiant by Shirley Lauro
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez

Scenic Designer: Rob Eastman-Mullins
Lighting Designer: Ricky J. Martinez*
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Vanessa L. Thompson*
Assistant Scenic Designer: Perry Ransbottom
Assistant Stage Manager: Christy Delgado
Box Office & House Manager: Juan Sanchez
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Photography: Eileen Suarez*
Photography (lobby display): Dr. Norman Gorback
Program Design: Eileen Suarez*
Poster & Postcard Design: Ruben Diaz


MARIE CURIE   -   Angelica Torn*
KATARINA   -   Hana Kalinski*
PAUL   -   Richard-John Seikaly II

* members of Actors' Equity Association

Time & Place
A hundred years ago.
Paris, Normandy, Stockholm, and Provence.

The tempestuous love-torn life of Marie Curie, one of the world's first recognized woman scientists, whose discovery and isolation of radium earned her two Nobel Prizes and revolutionized science forever, as she ushered in "The Atomic Age" and the first cure for cancer.

Notes from the Playwright

The Radiant relates authentic events in Marie Curie's life. But the play is not realistic. Rather it is a psychological journey of Curie's life. Consequently events are depicted with dramatic license causing time and place occasionally to shift. Marie Curie, Paul Langevin, and Lord Kelvin, while historical figures, are depicted by me as dramatic characters. Other characters have been created. Curie died in 1934 at 67, undiagnosed. Only after World War II was it understood she had succumbed to radiation sickness.

I am indebted to Eve Curie's : "Madame Curie", Barbara Goldsmith's "Obsessive Genius", Rosalynd Pflaum's "Grand Obsession", and Susan Quinn's "Marie Curie: A Life" as sources of penetrating guidance. Appreciation also to The Actors Studio for developmental work on THE RADIANT; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Science Foundation for their commission and granting a "Production Enhancement Award"; and to The Dramatists Guild Fund and The Edgerton Awards, for bestowing "Production Enhancement Grants" also.

I am interested in women's issues. Often my themes concern "the little person" thrown into overwhelming circumstances they struggle to survive. I began work on THE RADIANT in 2007 after reading The New York Times obituary of Marie Curie's daughter, Eve. It was incredible to me that Curie's daughter had lived during my lifetime in the same city as I. I had thought of her mother, Madame Curie, only as an icon in the distant past. Now my curiosity was piqued. I wanted to know her as a human being -- a woman. My writer's journey began.

Shirley Lauro ,March, 2011

About the Playwright

Shirley LauroShirley Lauro's (Playwright) The Radiant, commissioned by The Sloan Science Foundation, also received their "Production Enhancement Grant", and grants from TCG's Edgerton Foundation, and The Dramatists Guild. The World Premiere of All Through the Night received a Jefferson Nomination as "Best New Chicago Play" and was produced in 2009 off-B at Red Fern Theatre. Clarence Darrow's Last Trial, a New Theatre World Premiere, was Carbonell nominated and recipient of NEA's "Access to Excellence" grant. Speckled Birds was a 2010 French publication. "Frontlines: Political Plays by American Women", co-edited by Ms. Lauro, was "2009 Honoree: Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media". A Piece of My Heart with 1,800 productions around the world was named by Vietnam Vets of America, Inc.: "The most enduring play in the nation on Vietnam". The Contest, was directed by Jerry Zaks for Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, and was published in 2000. Open Admissions received one Tony Nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Theatre World Award, a Samuel French Award, was a New York Times pick for "Ten Best Plays of the Year", received The Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award, was adapted by Ms Lauro for CBS, starring Jane Alexander and Estelle Parsons, and in 2008 was honored by publication in Writing Through Literature, where it joined works by Walt Whitman, Ionesco, Langston Hughes and Toni Cade Bambera in the book's section, "The Lesson". Other work includes: The Coal Diamond ( "The Best Short Play" Anthology; Nothing Immediate (OOBA Festival Winner); Railing It Uptown; Sunday Go To Meetin'; Pearls On The Moon (Stamford Theatre Works with Joanna Merlin, Pauline Flanagan, Maria Tucci). Ms. Lauro's novel, The Edge, published here and in Great Britain, was a Literary Guild Choice. Major Fellowships: The Guggenheim, 3 NEA's, NY Foundation for the Arts. Major Affiliations: a director of The Dramatists Guild Fund; Playwrights/Directors Unit, The Actors Studio; League of Professional Theatre Women/NY; Ensemble Studio Theatre; PEN; Writer's Guild East; Author's Guild.!


Angelica TornAngelica Torn (Marie Curie) has recently released the award winning Lucky Days, her film company Torn Page Productions' debut offering, a film that she wrote, co- directed, produced and stars in. In 2010, she received a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress nomination for her role in the first national tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning August: Osage County. Her theater credits include: Edge (Outer Critics Nomination, New Times Award), Tony Award winning Sideman (Helen Hayes Award, FANY Award), The Bay at Nice (American Premier), The Vagina Monologues, Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Carbonell Nomination), and the Tony Award winning revival of Anna Christie. Ms. Torn has also appeared in many films including, The Golden Boys, Nobody's Fool, The Sixth Sense, The Contender, Domestic Disturbance, Nothing But The Truth, and Michael Imperioli's directorial debut, The Hungry Ghosts. Ms. Torn's numerous television credits include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, SVU, The Sopranos, 100 Centre Street, In The Line of Fire, D.C., As The World Turns, Songs In Ordinary Time (CBS), Ruby's Bucket of Blood (Showtime) and Talk To Me (TNT). She is in development with Lulu: Blood of a Wig, where Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening) meets Terry Southern (Easy Rider, Dr. Strangelove) in a futuristic, bloodcurdling thriller. She has also written two new cable pilots, Allow Loving and Manners. Angelica Torn is native New Yorker and currently serves on the board of directors at The Actors' Studio where she is a lifetime member.

Hana KalinskiHana Kalinski (Katarina) is thrilled to be making her Miami debut with the New Theatre's World Premiere production of The Radiant. Her primary acting credits have been on the New York stage and include: All Through the Night (Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre), The Corn Maiden (Fringe Festival), Oph3lia (HERE, IT Awards nominee for Best Ensemble), and After the Rain (LaMama). She is a proud NYU graduate. Many thanks to everyone involved and to my family and friends for your constant love and support. A special thank you to Tony, Carolina, & Gio for making me feel right at home here in Miami. For more information please visit www.hanakalinski.com

Stephen NealStephen Neal (Paymaster/Wilbois/Kelvin/Oleffsen) is a veteran South Florida actor/director and a valued member of the New Theatre family. An integral player in our Shakespeare series, Stephen has been featured in 18 of the Bard's best roles over eight seasons, including Cassius Julius Caesar; Gloucester King Lear; Baptista Shrew; Malvolio Twelfth Night; and Prospero in this year's season opener, The Tempest. Some "Non-Bard" assignments: Tom Tom Walker; Jose Felipe Sin Full Heaven; and The Earl of Warwick Saint Joan (at New Theatre); The Stage Manager Our Town (at the Shores Theatre); George That Championship Season (at Palm Beach Dramaworks); and Ross The Goat (at GableStage). Directing favorites: Taming of the Shrew, Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Affluenza! and Steve Martin's The Underpants. Stephen teaches acting, directing and other theatre classes at FIU and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. www.sag.org/iactor/StephenSNeal

Richard-John SeikalyRichard-John Seikaly (Paul) is very happy and honored to be part of The Radiant and on stage with Ms. Torn. He is from Potomac, Maryland and has a BA in Business from American University in Wash. DC, where he appeared on stage in Much Ado About Nothing and Our Country's Good. Also in DC, he premiered in Journey Through the Impossible by Jules Verne at the French Embassy with Histrio French Theatre. He then pursued his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in NYC. His Repertory work at Pace included Stupid Kids, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Curse of the Starving Class. He is now a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Richard-John is always grateful for his family's love and support, especially his Mother and Father's.

Ricky J. MartinezRicky J. Martinez (Artistic Director) is a Miami-born Cuban-American proudly residing and working in South Florida. Schooled at the New World School of the Arts, he studied with Jorge C. Guerra, Richard Armstrong, Lee Michael Cohen, Richard Janaro, Carol Cadby and Clay James. His acting credits include roles in West Side Story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Chorus Line, J & J's Wedding, Lenin's Omelet, 4 Guys Named Jose, The King and I, Steel Pier, Don Quixote in Miami, Isadora Libre, Something Cloudy... Something Clear, Bent, Marat...de Sade, Cries and Whispers, The Balcony, Balm in Gilead at Creative Arts, Broward Stage Door, Miami Light Project, Dreamers Theatre, Actors' Playhouse, Cuban-American Rep, Jugerknot, Off Broadway at HERE, Horizon's Rep, Akropolis Acting Company and Acme. In addition, he has appeared in King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, On the Verge and Clarence Darrow's Last Trial, all at New Theatre.

Vanessa L. ThompsonVanessa L. Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back with her New Theatre family. She has been on New Theatre's stage in the World Premiere of David Caudle's Likeness and most recently in the critically acclaimed Equus this past season. She has also been an Assistant Stage Manager for several productions and worked at the Box Office in the past. She is thrilled to be our new Production Stage Manager having made her debut with the 25th Anniversary Season opener, The Tempest, Jack Goes Boating and Fizz. Special thanks to her partner Stephanie and dear friends Eileen and Ricky!

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