Radium Girls

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ADULT: $15.00
STUDENT: $10.00
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Radium Girls

UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory

Briggs Theatre, 127 Fine Arts Building

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie was 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. 

Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

General Admission. 


Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
Created 08/11/2022
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Last Updated 09/21/2022