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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
Walpole High School Auditorium Walpole Massachusetts 3/1/2024 3/9/2024
Round Lake Senior High School Round Lake Illinois 3/6/2024 3/6/2024
Karnes City H S Karnes City Texas 3/20/2024 3/20/2024
East Aurora High School Aurora Illinois 3/15/2024 3/15/2024
The Hudson School Hoboken New Jersey 3/21/2024 3/23/2024
Sweeny High School Sweeny Texas 3/23/2024 4/13/2024
Burleson High School Burleson Texas 3/22/2024 4/5/2024
Middleborough High Middleborough Massachusetts 3/2/2024 3/30/2024
St. Croix Lutheran High School West St Paul Minnesota 4/19/2024 4/21/2024
Norwell High School Norwell Massachusetts 2/29/2024 3/23/2024
LASA High School Austin Texas 2/26/2024 5/31/2024
Big Spring High School Big Spring Texas 3/6/2024 5/26/2024
Teague High School Teague Texas 3/5/2024 3/5/2024
REACH Performing Arts Center Deer Isle Maine 3/1/2024 3/9/2024
Lawton Chiles High School Tallahassee Florida 3/5/2024 3/5/2024
Belleville High School-West Belleville Illinois 3/15/2024 3/16/2024
Hutto High School Performing Arts Center Hutto Texas 5/1/2024 5/2/2024
Munford High School Munford Tennessee 4/26/2024 4/27/2024
Bridgeland High School Cypress Texas 3/5/2024 3/6/2024
Manor Performing Arts Center Manor Texas 3/28/2024 3/28/2024
Shawnee Mission Northwest High Shawnee Mission Kansas 5/10/2024 5/11/2024
New Ulm High School New Ulm Minnesota 4/5/2024 4/7/2024
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute Toronto Ontario 3/1/2024 3/7/2024
Flathead High School Kalispell Montana 5/8/2024 5/9/2024
Bosque School Albuquerque New Mexico 4/18/2024 4/18/2024
Folsom High School Folsom California 4/25/2024 4/25/2024
Greenside Venues Edinburgh 8/5/2024 8/10/2024
Beaumont Composite High School Beaumont Alberta 4/23/2024 4/23/2024
Webber Academy Calgary Alberta 4/24/2024 4/25/2024