Radium Girls

It's 1926 and Radium is all the rage, until girls begin to get sick. Based on true events.

Feb. 8 -  Feb. 18th, 2018


About the Show

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 Girlstraces 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.

"Radium Girls is a powerful, moving drama made even more powerful by the fact that it is a true story. Many current laws regarding workplace safety, corporate liability, and statutes of limitations are a direct result of the these women's fight against the radium corporations in the 1920's and 1930's. While Radium Girls is the NJ story, the exact same events took place on Ottawa, IL a few years later, only an hour from the theatre. In preparation for this production, we traveled to Ottawa to see an exhibit at the LaSalle County Historical Society and a memorial to the women, as well as the grave of Catherine Donohue, who led the fight. It was a humbling and powerful experience which brought home the reality of the story." Director Greg Kolack said. A special thank you to Erin Randolph with The LaSalle County Historical Museum in Utica, IL for arranging this special visit.

Sources: Dramatic Publishing

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Cast and Crew

Roeder - John Archer
Reporter - Rich Kropp
Kathryn - Katie McClatchey
Sob Sister - Jennifer Miller
Von Sochocky - Bill Rotz
Mrs. Roeder - Debbie Ryan
Lee - Thom Serafin
Irene - Emily Sharp
Grace - Laura Starr
Wiley - Debbie Vaccarella
Markley - Tom Viskocil
Tom - Kevin Wilson

Director - Greg Kolack
Stage Manager - Sue Wisthuff
Assist. Stage Manager - Kathy Racine
Assist. Stage Manager - Ann Serafin
Box Office - Mary Ellen Schutt
Costumes - Patti Roeder
Dramaturg - Mike Huth
Hospitality - Joe Mills
House Managers - Cassandra Johnson
Lighting Designer - Mary Ellen Schutt
Production Coordinator - Janet Venzon
Program Editor - Bob Cappetta
Props - Pat Huth
Publicity - Kathy Kovarik
Sandwich Sunday - Martha Niles
Set Construction - Tim Gannon
Set Design - Mike Huth
Set Dresser - Pat Huth
Set Painting - Suzy Krueckeberg
Set Painting - Sue Wisthuff
Sound - Joe Mills
Tech Director - Nick Schwartz

3 Responses

  1. This is a moving play. My father represented the girls from Ottawa, Illinois. See Newspapers from the Ottawa case at Http://lgrossman.com/pics/radium Len
    • I read the book, and have to thank you on behalf of your father, Mr. Grossman; a true man of conviction. I am really looking forward to the play about these tragic, yet heroic women.
  2. Last summer a group of us ladies from wOODSMOKE RANCH CAMP GROUND did a tour in Ottawa and went to the museum. It was the first time I had ever hear of the Radium Girls when I got home I ordered the book from Amazon and couldn't put it down. The book is now being passed around our group and we are interested in see the play. It just shows what big business will do to protect their business and money.

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