In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
Following Friday night's performance, we will offer a talkback session, featuring Villa Science faculty members Didi Noelker and Kirstin Blase, Radium Girls director Delaney Piggins, and the cast. Please join us for this opportunity to discuss the play, its themes and the production.
Performances run Thursday, February 27, through Saturday, February 29, and begin at 7 pm each evening. Tickets are available at the door prior to each performance or online below. All ticket sales are general admission seating. Adults $12, Students $5, Children 6 and under are free. No actual tickets will be issued. A list of all online purchases will be at the box office the nights of the show.
Want to recognize your favorite thespian with a note in our play program? Shout outs are available for $10 each payable with credit card, check, or cash. The deadline to include a shout out is the Sunday, February 23. Learn more.