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Radium Girls Competition RD2000

Radium Girls Competition Version

By D.W. Gregory.

Product Code: RD2000

  • One-act Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 5m., 5w. May be expanded to 30 or more.

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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 also 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 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, coworkers, 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.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code RD2000
  • Cast Size 10
  • Min. Royalty Rate $55/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 40 min


  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619590076
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This one act drama is a perfect bite-sized piece of theater to help your troupe learn to develop character and hone dramatic acting skills. Audiences love it."
Review by Bevan Brunelle, Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Mass.
"Strong script with excellent depth of characters. Good historical importance and literary merit."
Review by Leslie Graham, Archer City High School, Archer City, Texas
"It was one of the most impactful plays we have had at our school in some time. It's historical relevance and structure really lend to some great theater. "
Review by Anthony Schik, Beveridge Magnet School, Omaha, Neb.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

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Tip by Chase Coston, Union Pines HS, Carthage, N.C.
"Focus on the acting. The set can be very minimal. Make sure your costumes, lighting and sound/music are strong. "
Tip by Bevan Brunelle, Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Mass.
"My theatre design class - working remotely - designed the background projection images for each scene. They were very helpful in communicating the audience the shifts in time and location. This was a wonderful ensemble show; due to COVID restrictions, we chose to keep the ensemble visible through the entire show. Actors wore black masks; those who were diseased due to radium poisoning added a bright green masks over their black mask during the scenes in which the audience learned of their infection. "
Tip by JoBeth Gonzalez, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, Ohio
"This worked very well over Zoom. Casting is important, though, as having one actor play two parts in quick succession is less effective when there are fewer ways to show a change in character. Think about casting more actors, or looking at how an actor's portfolio of characters can be more evenly spread throughout the play."
Tip by Matt Bentley, Sedos, South Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom
"To prepare for the production and for the students to connect more with the characters and story, we watched a short documentary on the radium girls. This helped immensely as the kids were able to play these characters more truthfully."
Tip by Anthony Schik, Beveridge Magnet School, Omaha, Neb.

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Wheaton North High School Wheaton Illinois 10/12/2023 10/14/2023
Glenrock High School Glenrock Wyoming 10/19/2023 10/19/2023
Eastmont Senior High East Wenatchee Washington 11/9/2023 11/18/2023
Archer High School Lawrenceville Georgia 10/12/2023 10/14/2023
Strong Rock Christian School Locust Grove Georgia 10/13/2023 10/14/2023
Clowqes Memorial Hall Indianapolis Indiana 2/21/2024 2/21/2024
Palo Verde High School Las Vegas Nevada 10/4/2023 10/6/2023
Spring Lake Park High School Spring Lake Park Minnesota 1/19/2024 2/8/2024
Walpole High School Auditorium Walpole Massachusetts 3/1/2024 3/9/2024
Making Light Productions TALLAHASSEE Florida 12/8/2023 12/10/2023
Duncan High School Duncan Oklahoma 10/5/2023 10/6/2023
Clowes Memorial Hall Indianapolis Indiana 2/22/2024 2/22/2024
Grand Valley State University Allendale Michigan 1/24/2024 1/26/2024
Adlai Stevenson High School Sterling Heights Michigan 1/10/2024 1/10/2024
Blind Brook High School Rye Brook New York 11/17/2023 11/18/2023
Providence Day School Charlotte North Carolina 10/20/2023 10/22/2023
RJ Reynolds Auditorium Winston-Salem North Carolina 10/19/2023 10/21/2023
The Academies at Jonesboro High School Jonesboro Arkansas 11/16/2023 11/16/2023
Pam Brown Theatre Jasper Alabama 10/26/2023 10/28/2023
Camden High School Camden South Carolina 10/25/2023 10/27/2023
Ware County High School Waycross Georgia 10/23/2023 10/26/2023
Simon Middle School Kyle Texas 12/1/2023 12/8/2023
Sterling High School Sterling Illinois 10/27/2023 10/29/2023
Boca Ciega High School Gulfport Florida 11/29/2023 11/29/2023
Harlan County High School Baxter Kentucky 9/29/2023 9/30/2023
Pentucket Regional Sr High West Newbury Massachusetts 10/20/2023 10/21/2023
Round Lake Senior High School Round Lake Illinois 3/6/2024 3/6/2024
Coleman Middle School Wichita Kansas 10/25/2023 10/26/2023
Boerne Middle North Boerne Texas 1/18/2024 1/20/2024
Thurgood Marshall Fundamental St Petersburg Florida 11/9/2023 11/10/2023
Charleston School Of The Arts North Charleston South Carolina 12/6/2023 12/7/2023
Gordon City Auditorium Gordon Nebraska 11/20/2023 12/8/2023
Florida Christian School Miami Florida 11/9/2023 11/17/2023
The British School of Amsterdam Amsterdam 12/7/2023 12/8/2023
Bavarian International School gAG - Haimhausen Campus Haimhausen 12/4/2023 12/6/2023
Hayward Theatre Ely 2/8/2024 2/10/2024
Watauga High Boone North Carolina 10/28/2023 10/28/2023
Mabank H S Mabank Texas 12/6/2023 12/6/2023
Casper College Casper Wyoming 11/30/2023 12/2/2023
Karnes City H S Karnes City Texas 3/20/2024 3/20/2024