Cast of Characters
ANTOINE LAURENT LAVOISIER, 34 years old. (French chemist, tax collector,
MARIE ANNE PIERRETTE PAULZE LAVOISIER, 19 years old. (Wife of the above).
JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, 44 years old. (English minister and chemist; discovered oxygen).
MARY PRIESTLEY, 35 years old. (Wife of the above).
CARL WILHELM SCHEELE, 35 years old. (Swedish apothecary; discovered oxygen).
SARA MARGARETHA POHL (FRU POHL), 26 years old. (Became MRS. SCHEELE
COURT HERALD (off-stage male voice).
Prof. BENGT HJALMARSSON, member of the Chemistry Nobel Prize Committee of the
Prof. SUNE KALLSTENIUS, member of the Chemistry Nobel Prize Committee of the
Prof. ASTRID ROSENQVIST, chair of the Chemistry Nobel Prize Committee of
Prof. ULF SVANHOLM, member of the Chemistry Nobel Prize Committee of the Royal
ULLA ZORN, a graduate student in the History of Science and amanuensis to the
The staging can be sparse (sauna bench; conference table; laboratory demonstration table). All audiovisuals, provided by the authors, are to be projected on a large screen, preferably by rearward projection. To provide for rapid alternating costume changes between 1777 and 2001, the 1777 dress code should be distinctive yet simple (e.g. use of wigs, long coats with easily attachable ruffled collars for men; distinctive (buckled) shoes; wigs, mobcaps, scarves, long dresses for women, etc).