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Radium Girls

Radium Girls

By D.W. Gregory.

Product Code: R72000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 4 to 5m., 5w., with doubling. May be expanded to 30 or more

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* 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.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $100/perf

In stock


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.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code R72000
  • Cast Size 9
  • Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 130 min


  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583421901
* 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

"Radium Girls provides a compelling story and great opportunities for character study and research. The actors took their responsibility as storytellers quite seriously and the audience was moved and intrigued by this point in history. A great choice for our school audience and actors. "
Review by Emily Blackburn, The Overlake School, Redmond, Wash.
"Very well received by our audiences and a great acting challenge for my students. I must tell you of our success in presenting Radium Girls at a high school theatre awards event. We won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Featured Performer; and I know a great deal of the success was due to the quality of the play itself!"
Review by Jacklyn Keagy, Dover Area High School, Dover, Pa.
"Though historical in nature, the play provokes an audience to consider the implications of American consumerism and the corporate "bottom line" mentality. Our production elicited laughter, tears and gasps of dismay, which speaks highly of the script's resonance with a contemporary audience. The play is a great vehicle for developing strong ensemble acting from a group of committed actors. We cast 20 actors to play the nearly 40 characters."
Review by Mike Solomonson, Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Ariz.
"Radium Girls was one of the best shows we could have chosen to train our actors in serious dramatic roles. We were able to convey an important social message to our audience without being heavy-handed because of the intricacies and detail of the script."
Review by Drama Director, James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary, Fairfax, Va.
"Radium Girls is a beautifully constructed and moving play. This show is a wonderful vehicle for actors of all levels; the roles are challenging and performers must work to the best of their abilities to bring them to life. Audiences were moved and left speechless as the house lights came up. Parents commented that this is a great show for students as they must research and work with such mature material."
Review by Joey Chavez, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, N.M.
"An amazing show that blows the audience away. Although it is challenging to perform, the content and message are worth exploring."
Review by Lisa Bodden, St. Gregory School, Tucson, Ariz.
"Powerful drama with a wide range of roles and flexible casting options."
Review by Jarrod Townsend, Williams Field High School, Gilbert, Ariz.
"Incredible script and an important story to tell. Staging can be as easy or creative as you wish. Roles are all well characterized."
Review by Lori Zyla, Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg, W. Va.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Although the script may read as written for a proscenium stage, it worked very well using a thrust stage which allowed for visual variety with numerous places to enter and exit. The play can be staged quite nicely with a minimal amount of furniture and a diverse lighting design."
Tip by Mike Solomonson, Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Ariz.
"Keeping it simple made it more effective. The story tells itself without extensive props and scenery. We used black background curtains onlyÑvery effective."
Tip by Leanne Wright, Heppner High School, Heppner, Ore.
"Look for the glow-in-the-dark face paint early and try it out. Good makeup makes for an awesome effect."
Tip by Lisa Bodden, St. Gregory School, Tucson, Ariz.

Media Reviews

"Radium Girls may speak to our collective capacity for denial. But it also celebrates our individual courage." -The Daily Record

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

"The best new play in New Jersey professional theatre." -The Star-Ledger

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Theatre of Western Springs Western Springs Illinois 2/8/2018 2/18/2018
Tamaqua Area District Auditorium Tamaqua Pennsylvania 11/17/2017 11/18/2017
Strand Theatre Shelbyville Indiana 7/27/2018 8/5/2018
Park Tudor School Indianapolis Indiana 11/4/2017 11/5/2017
Rafters Theatre Millersville Pennsylvania 2/23/2018 3/4/2018
De Soto High School De Soto Missouri 11/2/2017 11/4/2017
Rome Community Theater Rome New York 12/7/2017 12/10/2017
Rome Community Theater Rome New York 12/7/2017 12/10/2017
Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates Illinois 11/9/2017 11/11/2017
Jenison Center for the Arts Jenison Michigan 11/15/2017 11/19/2017
Gorham High School Gorham Maine 11/17/2017 11/19/2017
Walpole Footlighters Walpole Massachusetts 2/2/2018 2/18/2018
Fossil Ridge High School Fort Collins Colorado 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Mainstage Theatre Anchorage Alaska 10/20/2017 10/29/2017
Stevenson School Pebble Beach California 11/9/2017 11/11/2017
Theater of the Performing Arts - Black Box Theater Hartford Connecticut 11/9/2017 11/18/2017
Junipero Serra High School San Mateo California 10/20/2017 10/28/2017
MATCH Box 3 Houston Texas 1/12/2018 1/13/2018
Community College of Denver Denver Colorado 11/30/2017 12/9/2017
The Theater Project Brunswick Maine 3/15/2018 3/25/2018
Grove City Area Hs Grove City Pennsylvania 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Fort Zumwalt South High School St Peters Missouri 10/26/2017 10/28/2017
Eric Borel Bovet Theatre Hillsborough California 11/2/2017 11/4/2017
Raleigh Charter High School Raleigh North Carolina 11/2/2017 11/5/2017
Lancaster Mennonite School Lancaster Pennsylvania 10/26/2017 10/28/2017
Western Oregon University Monmouth Oregon 11/9/2017 11/18/2017
Cienega High School Vail Arizona 10/25/2017 10/28/2017
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Theater Washington Missouri 1/25/2018 1/27/2018
Baylor School Chattanooga Tennessee 10/25/2017 10/29/2017
Kamiakin High School Kennewick Washington 2/9/2018 2/17/2018
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy La Canada Flintridge California 11/9/2017 11/11/2017
Park View High Sterling Virginia 10/26/2017 10/28/2017
Notre Dame Preparatory High School Scottsdale Arizona 10/27/2017 10/28/2017
Wayne Valley High School Wayne New Jersey 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Tawas Area Middle School Tawas City Michigan 11/3/2017 11/12/2017
Dutch Fork High Irmo South Carolina 10/26/2017 10/29/2017
Southern Regional High School Manahawkin New Jersey 11/1/2017 11/2/2017
Downingtown Hs West Campus Downingtown Pennsylvania 12/1/2017 12/2/2017
Mill Creek High School Hoschton Georgia 10/4/2017 11/4/2017
Arrowhead High School Hartland Wisconsin 2/8/2018 2/10/2018
Phoenixville Area Hs Phoenixville Pennsylvania 11/17/2017 11/19/2017
Blue Earth Area Senior High Blue Earth Minnesota 11/17/2017 11/18/2017
Westside Christian High School Tigard Oregon 11/3/2017 11/5/2017
Marcelle Theater St. Louis Missouri 11/2/2017 11/3/2017
Archbishop McNicholas High School Cincinnati Ohio 11/9/2017 11/12/2017
Tigard High School Tigard Oregon 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Ossining High School Ossining New York 11/1/2017 11/4/2017
The Cambridge School of Weston Weston Massachusetts 10/26/2017 10/28/2017
Gabrielino High San Gabriel California 11/17/2017 11/19/2017
Marion L Steele High School Cafetorium Amherst Ohio 11/9/2017 11/18/2017
Colonial Forge High Stafford Virginia 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Crosby High School Waterbury Connecticut 11/10/2017 11/11/2017
Vernon Hills High School Vernon Hills Illinois 4/19/2018 4/21/2018
Avonworth Hs Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 11/15/2017 11/18/2017
Lakeshore High School Mandeville Louisiana 10/19/2017 10/28/2017
Hill City High School Hill City South Dakota 11/16/2017 11/18/2017
Waring School Beverly Massachusetts 11/2/2017 11/2/2017
Hart Public School District Hart Michigan 12/8/2017 12/10/2017