The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens the spring 2019 semester with Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise de Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight.

In the play, the title character — a scientist, mathematician, philosopher, translator of Isaac Newton and Voltaire’s lover — returns to life to set her affairs in order and answer the question: How does one choose between a life of the heart and a life of the mind?

TWU theatre program director Patrick Bynane directs. The cast of Emilie features undergraduate students Walker Delk, Bryce Neel, Katherine Hogan, Lauren Jordan and Jordan James.

The production will feature Long Ho as lighting designer with mentorship from guest artist and instructor Amy Poe.

Associate professor Rhonda Gorman is set and costume designer, Patrick Bohmier is sound designer and Zareen Afzaal is the properties supervisor.

Undergraduate students Sydney Sandburg will be stage manager and Hope Warner and Tatum Pecora will serve as assistant stage managers.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 16; and 2 p.m. Feb. 16-17.

All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus.

The show costs $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission to the Saturday matinee will be a pay-what-you-can performance.

To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit or call the TWU Box Office at 940-898-2020.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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