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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
Clowqes Memorial Hall Indianapolis Indiana 2/21/2024 2/21/2024
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
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
Simon Middle School Kyle Texas 11/29/2023 12/9/2023
Round Lake Senior High School Round Lake Illinois 3/6/2024 3/6/2024
Boerne Middle North Boerne Texas 1/18/2024 1/20/2024
Gordon City Auditorium Gordon Nebraska 11/20/2023 12/8/2023
The British School of Amsterdam Amsterdam 12/7/2023 12/8/2023
Hayward Theatre Ely 2/8/2024 2/10/2024
Tecumseh Vista Academy Tecumseh Ontario 1/15/2024 1/19/2024
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
Carlsbad High Carlsbad California 1/18/2024 1/19/2024
Schuylkill Haven High School Schuylkill Haven Pennsylvania 1/19/2024 1/21/2024
St. Clair High School Saint Clair Minnesota 1/19/2024 2/9/2024
Sweeny High School Sweeny Texas 3/23/2024 4/13/2024
Rampart High School Colorado Springs Colorado 2/2/2024 2/2/2024
Cosby High School MIDLOTHIAN Virginia 2/7/2024 2/7/2024
Burleson High School Burleson Texas 3/22/2024 4/5/2024
Middleborough High Middleborough Massachusetts 3/2/2024 3/30/2024
Riggs Theater Pierre South Dakota 1/15/2024 1/22/2024
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
Heritage Christian Academy Maple Grove Minnesota 1/26/2024 2/10/2024
LASA High School Austin Texas 2/26/2024 5/31/2024
Folsom Lake College Folsom California 2/2/2024 2/4/2024
Teague High School Teague Texas 3/5/2024 3/5/2024
Gulfport High School Gulfport Mississippi 2/16/2024 3/1/2024