LIVING IMAGE ARTS THEATRE COMPANY
INNAUGURATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF ARTHUR GIRON’S PROVOCATIVE AND PASSIONATE
GALILEO PRIZE WINNER
A SEXUAL SYMPHONY A TRUE STORY A PLAY
JANUARY 22, 2009
SAMUEL BECKETT THEATRE
He is a philosopher. An upstart poet. A staggeringly prolific writer. An essayist.
A free thinker. A civil libertarian. A blasphemer.
A worshipper of Venus. A corrupter of morals.
He is on fire at the peak of his powers both intellectual and financial.
He is running from the law.
She is arguably the most beautiful woman in France
suffering the most tedious marriage in Europe.
She is an independent upstart who bullied her father into secreting
the finest minds on the Continent to their country estate
in order to quench her undying thirst for knowledge;
the result being that she has emerged as
one of the most profound physicists in the world.
She is broke and has been applying her mathematical wizardry
and her famously rouged décolletage
at the royal gambling tables.
To no avail.
The Queen of France cheats at cards
and wants to collect on the debt that amounts to a small fortune.
She is running from the law.
The play begins as EMILIE breaks into VOLTAIRE’S Parisian apartments
through a secret door
with a key she convinces Madame de Pompadour to fork over.
As EMILIE sees it; she’s got brains and beauty, and Voltaire’s got money.
It is New Year’s Eve 1733.
The bells of Notre Dame are ringing eleven.
The rest is history.