Monday, September 19, 2011 - 3:05pm

“Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie” will be presented by actress Susan Marie Frontczak at 7 p.m. on September 20 and September 21 at JCC's Cattaraugus County and Jamestown campuses.

The September 20 performance will be held in the Cutco Theater in Olean and on September 21 in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus.

The performances are free and open to the public. Program sponsors are JCC's college program committee and Faculty Student Association and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

The one-woman drama illustrates the life of Polish scientist Madame Curie from the political oppression of her childhood through fame and tragedy to world prominence in the scientific arena.

Madame Curie, best known for the discovery of radium and radioactivity, was the first woman to receive a doctorate in the sciences in Europe and the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. She was also the first person to receive a Nobel Prize twice.

Ms. Frontczak, who views science and art as outlets for creativity, portrays the human and historical contexts behind Madame Curie in “Manya.” She has presented the performance over 250 times throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

In dramatizing the life of Madame Curie, Ms. Frontczak pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Ms. Frontczak believes academic excellence can lead to outstanding achievement.

Madame Curie's perseverance in purifying a grain of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Ms. Frontczak to major in engineering, a field in which she worked for 14 years before pursuing full-time writing and acting.

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