The Half-Life of Marie Curie

The Half-Life of Marie Curie 3/16/23-4/2/23

The Half-Life of Marie Curie

Directed by Sarah Sheppard Shaver, by Lauren Gunderson

March 16, 2023- April 2, 2023 in the Osborne Studio Theatre

Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Saturday Matinee at 2pm, Sunday Matinee at 4pm 

When two Nobel prizes prove inadequate armor against scandal, Marie Curie turns to fellow scientist and trusted confidant Hertha Ayrton to weather the storm of heartbreak, public opinion, and self-doubt. At its core a tale of women's friendship, this play explores the hidden costs of progress, and the relationships that hold us up when we can’t stand on our own. 

The Half-Life of Marie Curie performs in the Osborne Studio Theater to intimate audiences. Get tickets soon to guarantee seating!

Did you know there is a free Prologue to accompany this performance?
 Register is free and open to the public. 

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*UCCS students receive free admission to all Theatreworks productions. Contact the Box Office with your student ID number handy to receive your complimentary ticket.

*The Half Life of Marie Curie content advisory: This production contains vicious gossip, off stage affairs, and unapologetically capable women. As every person is different, we do not usually offer age recommendations; however we are always happy to talk with you if you have specific questions. Please email Lily DiSilverio at with questions.



Performance Trailer
Behind The Scenes
Interview with the Director



Prentiss Benjamin

Prentiss Benjamin* (Marie Curie)

Leslie O'Carroll

Leslie O’Carroll* (Hertha Ayerton)


Creative Team

Sarah Sheppard Shaver Director/Costume Designer
Garth Moritz Stage Manager
Skylar Campbell Assistant Stage Manager/CCO
Luke Bettner Lighting Supervisor
JoLynn Minns Scenographer
Bob Morsch Sound Designer
Jocelen Smith Scenic Designer


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Opening Sunday Prologue: Contextualizing The Half-Life of Marie Curie and Indecent
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 - 3:30p in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre

On the occasion of TWO extraordinary plays by and about women, we have invited the esteemed scholar, Dr. Kim Marra of the University of Iowa, to join us on our opening weekend. Her book Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in American Theatre, 1865-1914 won the prestigious Joe A.Callaway Prize in 2008. She is an expert on many of the themes covered in these beautiful plays by Paula Vogel and Lauren Gunderson, and we are honored to host her on March 19th.

Thursday Pre-Show Scholar Chats
Thursdays from 6:45-7:15p in the Murray and Betty Ross Lobby

Join us before the show on Thursdays for informal discussions with artists, designers, scholars, and community members for informal conversations about The Half-Life of Marie Curie.

March 16th: Designer Chat

March 23rd: Scholar Chat

March 30th: Scholar Chat

Artist Talks
2nd Sunday matinee after the show, March 26th

Stay after the show on Sundays to hear from our actors about their artistic process, and the experience of working on The Half-Life of Marie Curie.

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