by D.W. Gregory
Produced by special arrangement with
THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
Originally produced by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and developed with a commissioning grant from The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
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.
Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. 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.
Kathryn / Board Member #1 / Shopgirl / Society Woman / Harriet
Irene / Miss Wiley / Board Member #2 / Photographer / Mrs. Michaels
Sob Sister/ Clerk / Elderly Widow / Mrs. Fryer / MacNeil
Mrs. Roeder / Madame Curie / Customer / Board Member #3
Lee / Drinker / Bailey / Flinn / Male Shopper / Court / Lovesick Cowboy
Tom / Reporter / Berry / Knef
Markley / Von Sochocky / Store Owner / Venecine Salesman / Martland
Director - Angela Donovan
Assistant Director - Emma Brekke
Costume Designer - Carley Carranza
Hair and Makeup Design - Kylie Larson and Carley Carranza
Marketing Director - Angie Perry
Lighting and Sound Designer - Jen Wiebrand
Tech Crew - Hunter Jensen, Liam Tapp, Brianna Bataldon
Props - Angela Donovan, Heidi Clark, Jen Wiebrand, and Emma Brekke
Matchbox Children's Theatre Board of Director's
First United Methodist Church Board and Trustees
Riverland Community College Theatre Department
Southern Minnesota Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
PATRONS - THANK YOU AS ALWAYS!
A bravo and job well done to all who made tonight possible.
An incredible amount of thanks to YOU for coming tonight.
Matchbox Children's Theatre