the true story of two extraordinary women

By Lauren Gunderson



The world is bigger than both of us. But for that summer, it wasn’t. Thank God, it wasn’t.”


November 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2022


Directed by Mona Wood-Patterson

Set and Lighting Design by Charles Ford

Costume Design by JoAnn Nevils

Photography by Kara Cavalca

With Sarah Choszczyk as Marie Curie and Maureen May as Hertha Aryton

What Audience Members Said About Our Production of THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE:


“I felt this one in my blood and my bones! I am still thinking about it. Marvelous acting, exquisite script, beautiful on all the levels.”


“Simply incredible. I can’t quit thinking about it.”


“Merely Players, you’ve done it again. Sarah and Maureen blew me away.”


“Sometimes plays teach you things. Sometimes they make you feel. This one did both. Thank you, Merely Players!”


“The two-person cast was simply magnificent. Funny, serious, compelling, engaging – this cast did it all with flair and professionalism. . . Merely Players is a gem in our community and I will be returning soon.”


Thank you for sharing your talents with us! This was such a beautiful show! I want to be friends with Hertha!


We were lucky to experience this fabulous production! So good!!!  (I cried!)


The actors (and the whole production) weave a web of intensity and intrigue, capturing the imagination and hearts of viewers. Thank you for such a wonderful experience

Merely Players

49 Wedgewood Circle

Durango, CO  81301