Shelton School’s Theatre Arts presents the play Radium Girls for three performances on the school’s campus.
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches were the latest rage, at least until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story written by D.W. Gregory, 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 is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece with 24 student 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.
The play is directed by Anné Hughes, Director of Fine Arts at Shelton. The production takes place October 24, 25, and 27, 7:00 pm, on the school’s campus at 15720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75248. The play is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information and tickets, visit http://www.shelton.org/the-school/fine-arts/drama/us-theatre-presents