The Half-Life of Marie Curie


The Half-Life of Marie Curie


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 reduced audiences. Get tickets soon to guarantee seating!

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

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Did you know there is a free Prologue to accompany this performance? Register for this free Prologue HERE.


*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.

Prentiss Benjamin

Prentiss Benjamin* (Marie Curie)

Leslie O'Carroll

Leslie O’Carroll* (Hertha Ayerton)

Sarah Sheppard Shaver Director


Join the Conversation

Opening Sunday Framing Panel
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 - 3:30p in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre

Join us before the first Sunday performance for a panel with scholars, community members, and artists to contextualize The Half Life of Marie Curie.

Community Conversations
Saturday matinees following the show on March 18th, March 25th, and April 1st

Join other members of the audience and community leaders to discuss themes and responses of The Half Life of Marie Curie

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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