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Radium Girls
Radium Girls
"A compelling new drama.... the playwright lays out the facts with historical accuracy, descriptive simplicity and graphic candor. " —Variety

"Radium Girls may speak to our collective capacity for denial. But it also celebrates our individual courage." —The Daily Record, Morristown, N.J.

"The best new play in New Jersey professional theatre." —The Star-Ledger
Comedy/Drama. By D.W. Gregory.

Cast: 4 to 5 m., 5 w. with doubling. May be expanded to 30 or more 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. Unit set with simple props. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes. One intermission.

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Radium Girls (competition piece)

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  R72
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  78
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  130 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421904
Publication Date: 12/04/2003
Biographies
D.W. Gregory writes comedies and dramas that draw on her working-class roots. Often set in rural America, her plays explore the disconnect between the dream and reality of American blue-collar experience. Whether a dark, expressionistic comedy such as The Good Girl Is Gone or a Brechtian drama such as Radium Girls, her plays frequently present an unseen offstage character as ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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