Three outstanding women pioneers in science and technology A theater play in English by the portraittheater
Three outstanding pioneers represent the achievements of women in the field of science and technology: The double Nobel Laurate and discoverer of radioactivity Marie Curie (1867—1934), the Austrian-Swedish nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (1878—1968) and the Viennese Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr (1914—2000) with the invention of frequency hopping.
In the centre of the theatre play ”Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible”, produced by the Viennese company portraittheater, are incidents of their lives, achievements and impediments as well as the contents of their research and the passion for their work. Illustrated with music and videos with three Girls, the performance shows within 95 minutes an entertaining portrait of extraordinary women in history. The theatre performance, directed by Sandra Schüddekopf and with Anita Zieher impersonating the three women, was a great success in Austria and has already been invited to Australia, Belgium, Germany, Iran, Poland, Spain, Switzerland (CERN), Romania, United Kingdom and the United States.
Three women in the field of science and technology
Hedy Lamarr (1914—2000) was fascinated by technology all her life. At the age of 16 she dropped out of school to concentrate on becoming an actress. She garnered a degree of fame and notority after starring in the scandalous movie ”Ekstase”. She married the munitions manufacturer Fritz Mandl, but eventually escaped from this marriage. She left for a career in Hollywood where she soon became known as ”the most beautiful woman in the world”. Together with the avantgarde composer George Antheil she developed the frequency-hopping spread-sprectrum as a means to control torpedos. With the advent of mobile telephony their technology is widely used in modern wireless data transfer today.
Stage: Eva Maria Schwenkel
Music: Ruoert Derschmidt
Video: Maria Weber
Girls in videos: Marielies Willensdorfer, Carla Götze, Johanna Braendle
Partner: Theater Drachengasse, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna University, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Scientific board: Karin Poljanc, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics Vienna, Walter Ehrlich-Schupita, Lore Sexl, TU Wien, Walter Kutschera, University of Vienna
Host: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Department of Physics, Stockholm University.
Duration: app. 95 minutes.
”Zieher delivers a brilliant performance in the roles… it is a theatre evening with many claims: it should be informative, amusing and encouraging – the team of portraittheater indeed succeeded in all of that.” (European Cultural News)
”How often do you have the chance to acquaint you so hands-on with the biography of three extraordinary women and to learn something about radioactivity?… Zieher and her team manage it in an entertaining and vivid way to bring elementary questions like ”what happens at the fission” or ”who is the discoverer of it” closer to the audience….Conclusion: An informative and amusing evening with a wink.” (Vienna International)
”Anita Zieher, who plays all three women, impresses with her performance…” (Progress-online)
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