Dates: March 30 – April 9, 2017

Location: Presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA

Tickets:  Range from $30-40

Click below to purchase or order by calling the Shakespeare & Company box office at: (413) 637-3353

Box Office Hours: TuesdaySaturday 10:30am-2:30pm


March 30* & 31*, April 1, 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm
April 1*, 2, 8 & 9 at 2 pm
April 6 at 3 pm

* Previews: March 30, 31 at 7:30pm and April 1 at 2pm

NOTE: On April 6th at 3pm, there is an EMILIE student matinee sponsored by Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing that will be followed by a panel discussion with women scientists. All audience members will be invited to listen to the panel discussion- where questions to the panel will be asked by the REID middle school STEAM after school girls science club. 

Please note all sales are final. No refunds available. Patrons may exchange tickets up to 48 hours before curtain– not including special event one-night performances. No refunds or exchanges for already discounted tickets.

Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight


Emilie du Chatelet is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire but she was more than a great man’s mistress. She was one of the leading interpreters of modern physics during the Age of Enlightenment. In this play Emilie must defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy-and searching for a formula that will convince the world of her worth.

In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds will be donated to this production’s beneficiary: Flying Cloud Institute. WAM’s donation will support scholarships for public school girls who attend Flying Cloud’s after school Girls Science Clubs, so girls who show promise and interest in science can join the Young Women in Science summer programs where they conduct experiments with women scientists and engineers working in laboratories at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Berkshire Community College.

What the Critics Said…

Highly Imaginative…..Highly Theatrical….. The Berkshire Eagle

An absorbing evening of theatre for a sold out audience…...Berkshire Fine Arts

What Audiences Said…

Emilie is everything I want in a theater experience: a great play about an intriguing, powerful woman, riveting acting, inspired directing, an artful set and engaging audience!  SuEllen Hampkins

…One of the most provocative, intelligent, funny, well acted, directed, written performances I’ve seen in a long time. Ellen Ring

The play was absolutely wonderful!I told six people about it and wish I had told more. They all came and all loved it. It was a rare find, even here in the Berkshires. I hope and expect that it will be back next season. More people deserve to see it. Thank you. Christine Zelehoski

“Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” had its world premiere in 2009 at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, Calif. The play has been described as “fiercely inquisitive and joyfully sexy” (The San Francisco Chronicle) and an “ambitious, highly theatrical romp that literally crackles with electricity” (LA/OC Examiner). WAM first staged the play in November of 2013 at the St. Germain Stage at Barrington Stage Company.

Greylock Federal Credit Union is a lead sponsor of this special, limited- run remount production.

SuzanneHeadshotSUZANNE ANKRUM* (Soubrette) WAM Theatre: Emilie (Soubrette), Fresh Takes Series: Measure for Measure (Isabella), Blue Stockings (Tess), Samsara (Katie). Elsewhere: The How and the Why (New Century), Ebeneeza, Gross Domestic Product (Hartbeat Ensemble), Buck Naked (Ivoryton Playhouse),  Tartuffe, Merry Wives of Windsor, Woyzeck, Fuddy Meers, A Christmas Carol (Clarence Brown Theatre); The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing (Henley Street Theatre Company);  Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Part 2 (Richmond Shakespeare). Film/TV: Orange is the New Black, Fever. Training: University of Tennessee-Knoxville (MFA).  Et cetera: Special thanks to Kristen for working her magic and love and thanks to Pete and Luke. Online:

BRENDAN CATALDO* (Gentleman) WAM Theatre: Emilie (Original WAM production and staged reading tour), 3rd & 4th Annual Berkshires/ Capital Region 24hr Theatre Project, Blue Stockings, and Photograph 51 (Fresh Takes). Elsewhere: Macbeth (Gallery Players, NYC), Pride and Prejudice (PCPA Theaterfest, CA), Black Tie (Adirondack Theatre Festival, NY), Altar Boyz (American Stage Theatre Co., FL) and Forever Plaid (Show Palace Dinner Theatre, FL). Training: Niagara University, BFA-Theatre Studies (Performance). Online:

JoanHeadshotJOAN COOMBS (Madam) WAM Theatre: Emilie (Madam) 2013 production and 2014 Tour; ensemble 10x10on10 Festival; 24 Hour Theatre Projects (2011 and 2012); Shakespeare & Co: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Frieda); Tartuffe (Mme. Pernelle); Leap Year (Betty). Franklin Stage Company: Tartuffe. The Theater Barn: Numerous productions including Don’t Talk to the Actors; Moon Over Buffalo. Aglet Theatre Company: Numerous staged readings including From Door to Door; The Bald Soprano. Also: All My SonsDeath of a SalesmanThe Cocktail HourLettice & LovageEnchanted AprilFilm: Like Lambs. Et Cetera: Thrilled to live in Emilie’s world again. Thank you, Kristen, for making that happen!

KimHeadshotKIM STAUFFER* (Emilie) WAM Theatre: Emilie. New York: Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Tempest, Macbeth, Pericles, Lorenzaccio (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC); Circle Mirror Transformation (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible (Barrington Stage Company); Madagascar, Crime and Punishment (Chester Theatre); Time Stands Still (New Century Theatre); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Proof (Triad Stage); A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company); Outside Mullingar, Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible (Capital Repertory Theatre). Film/TV: Hence the Stars, Pearl Divers, Small Shots: The Amish Matrix. Education: MFA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Et cetera: Kim is a faculty member in University at Albany’s Theatre Program. Online:

OliverHeadshotOLIVER WADSWORTH* (Voltaire) WAM Theatre: Emilie. Elsewhere: National Tour: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Off Broadway: Endpapers (Variety Arts); Well (The Public Theater). Regional: The Velocity of Autumn (White Heron Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theater); Mystery of Irma Vep (Arizona Theatre Company); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fulton Theater); Misalliance (Old Globe and Seattle Repertory); An Enemy of the People (Long Wharf Theatre); Santaland Diaries, Dracula and Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peter Pan (Denver Center Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage); Fully Committed (Metroland Best Performance); The Taming of the Shrew, Take Me Out and Art (Capital Rep.); Noises Off, Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Jersey Lily (Dorset Theatre Festival); Shipwrecked (AriZoni Award Best Supporting Actor), Angels in America Part l and ll (AriZoni award, Best Actor), Pillowman, Nickel and Dimed (Actors Theatre Phoenix), Stones In His Pockets (Metroland Best Performance) (Adirondack Theatre Festival); The Art Room (Woolly Mammoth). TV/Film: Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana, Ed’s Next Move, Dotty Gets Spanked and Law and Order SVU. Upcoming: The Tarnation of Russell Colvin at Dorset Theatre Festival. Online:

Lauren GundersonLAUREN GUNDERSON (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Emilie, The Revolutionists (Reading with Chester Theatre). Elsewhere: Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing mg American Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco. Lauren is the most produced living playwright in America for 2016, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Online:

 kristenKRISTEN VAN GINHOVEN (Director) WAM Theatre: The Bakelite Masterpiece, In Darfur (New England Premiere), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Melancholy Play Elsewhere: Waxworks (Williams College), The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), 10 Minute Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Petticoats of Steel (Capital Repertory Theatre), Footloose (Cohoes Music Hall), Children’s Hour (Siena College), Vendetta Chrome (Emerson College). Selected assistant directing: The Physicists, 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada), Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theatre) Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Company). Training: Dalhousie University (BA), Queen’s University (BEd), Emerson College (MA). Et cetera: Kristen is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. Kristen is the co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre. Website:

JOEL ABBOTT (Sound and Projection Designer-remount) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Joel is a classical flautist, rock guitarist, jazz pianist, dixieland banjo-ist, and synthesizer knob twiddler. Recent sound designs include My Fair Lady (Bay St. Theatre), Baskerville (St. Michael’s Playhouse), Serial Blackface (Actor’s Express), Title of Show, Unnecessary Farce, A Chorus Line, Passing Strange, I Hate Hamlet, Wit (Playhouse on Park), Spamalot (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Et cetera: He likes cats, photography, and cat photography.

BRAD BERRIDGE (Sound and Projection Designer- original production) WAM TheatreThe Bakelite Masterpiece, Holy Laughter (premiere), In Darfur, Emile (Design and Musical Arrangements)and others. WAM Associate Artist. Elsewhere: off-Broadway: Cactus Flower, Loot (Red Bull Theatre), Nightmare Alley, Himself and Nora, 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti (world premiere). Regionally, numerous shows at Barrington Stage Company including world premieres of American Son, The Best of Enemies, Pool Boy, and The Black Suits. At Capital Repertory Theatre: The Secret Garden, Other Dessert Cities, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol and many others. Other regionals: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare and Company, George Street Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Hope Summer Repertory, and two seasons as resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Et cetera: Member of USA829 and the TSDCA. Currently, he is Director of Sound Operations for Feld Entertainment. He resides on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife, Ashley and their children, Emma and Charles. Online:

LILY FOSSNER (Lighting Designer) WAM Theatre: The Bakelite Masterpiece. Elsewhere: Berkshire Theatre Group, People’s Light, TACT, Culture Project/Public Theatre, Prospect Theater Company, NYU/Grad Acting, Chautauqua Theater Company, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Dance:  Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Doug Varone & Dancers, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Wideman/Davis Dance. Opera: Juilliard Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Festival. Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch. Online:

LAURA KATHRYNE GOMEZ* (Stage Manager) WAM Theater: Holy Laughter (Company Manager & House Manager), In Darfur (Stage Manager). Elsewhere: Off -Broadway: 17 Orchard Point (DiMaggio House Creative), The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater), Philip Goes Forth (Mint Theater Co.), Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! (47th Street Theatre), Wild With Happy (The Public Theater), Sleep No More (Emursive), American Jornalero (INTAR). Regional: Amadeus (Majestic Theater), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Mother of the Maid, The How and the Why, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike (Shakespeare & Co), Life Science (Berkshire Playwrights Lab). Tour: Rhapsody in Black (Bardavon Opera House).

GOVANE LOHBAUER (Costume Designer) WAM Theatre: Emilie, In Darfur. Shakespeare & Company: Govane is in her 37th season with Shakespeare & Company where she is Costume Director and a principle designer. Credits include: Or, Mother of the Maid, Shakespeare’s Will, The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged), Private Eyes, It’s a Wonderful Life, Private Lives, Loves Labors Lost, King Lear, The Liar, The Learned Ladies, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Taster, Twelfth Night, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Ladies’ Man, Enchanted April, Ice GlenSelected Regional credits: The Wharton Salon’s The Long Run in 2014, and other favorites – Red Noses, Metamorphosis, Top Girls, H.M.S. Pinafore, Gianni Schicci, Carousel, The Merry Widow.

ANDI LYONS (Lighting Design) WAM Theatre: Emilie. Recent credits: include Imagining Madoff at Stageworks/Hudson; Twelfth Night at Williams College; Tosca at Tri-Cities Opera; Distant Music at Theater for the New City; Lonely Planet at Oklahoma State University; and Looking Over the President’s Shoulder at Capital Repertory Theatre.  Education: MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Et. Cetera: Andi has designed more than two hundred productions in a variety of professional and academic venues. She is the Resident Designer at UAlbany, SUNY.

VINCENT OLIVIERI (Composer) WAM Theatre: Emilie. Broadway: credits include High and contributions to Radio Golf. Off-Broadway: credits include The Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum, The Brothers Size, The God Botherers, and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. New York City. Regional: credits include productions with Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage (Baltimore), Barrington Stage Company, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Gorilla Productions, The Juilliard School, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA Award), Virginia Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He has created designs for world-premiere productions by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten Greenidge, Charles L. Mee, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck, and August Wilson. For three years, Mr. Olivieri was the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. International credits include work in Italy, Korea, China, and Romania. His work was presented as part of the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibitions in 2007 & 2013. Training: Mr. Olivieri is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at University of California-Irvine.

JULIANA VON HAUBRICH (Scenic Designer) WAM Theatre: Melancholy PlayThe Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine GirlsThe Old MezzoEmilieIn Darfur, Holy Laughter, The Bakelite Masterpiece. WAM Associate Artist. Elsewhere: Passage  (Kickwheel Theatre Ensemble). In N.Y.: Water by the Spoonful (UAlbany Performing Arts); Spring Awakening and Wait Until Dark (Theatre Institute at Sage); The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Taming of the Shrew and Puddin’head Wilson (The Acting Company); Richard II and La Cenerentola (Juilliard); A Place Like This and A Word to No One (Present Company Theatre). In L.A.: Ghosts in the Cottonwood  and Ojai Playwrights Conference (Echo Theatre Company); Babylon-5 (TNT), and Star Trek Voyager (Paramount). Training: Juliana has an MFA in Scenic Design from CalArts, and has received Best Design Adirondacks (2014) and Best of L.A. Scenic Design (1999). Online: