by D.W. Gregory
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.
Addison Theatre Centre
David Allen Norton
Tom Kreider/Reporter/Knef/Venecine Salesman
Kathryn Shaub/Harriet Roeder/Shopgirl
Charlie Lee/Bailey/Drinker/Lovesick Cowboy/Male Shopper/Court
Mrs. Roeder/Madame Curie/Customer/Board Member #3
Edward Markley/Photographer/Store Owner/Martland
Mrs. Fryer/Societywoman/Clerk/Mrs. McNeil/Board Member #1/Mrs. Michaels
Irene Rudolph/Miss Wiley/Board Member #2
Dr. Von Sochocky/Raymond Berry/Dr. Flinn
Sob Sister/Elderly Widow
Photographs by Gabrielle Grafrath
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.