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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

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Synopsis

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.

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Details

  • 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

Categories

  • 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

"This was a great script for a high school show. The audience was riveted by the story and wanted to learn more. It had some great dramatic scenes for kids to really show of their acting skills and provided a lot of roles of varying sizes, which made casting easy. "
Review by Amanda Brown, Intrinsic Schools, Chicago, Ill.
"Wonderful show! Clever writing. Tells the story of the Radium Girls from behind closed doors which allowed the actors to explore the characters' humanitarian side and the complex struggles that each character endured. Well balanced and tells a story that is important to American history. "
Review by Christina Chun, Consumnes Oaks High, Elk Grove, Calif.
"As a middle/high school drama teacher for the past 25 years, I just wanted to let you know that my drama class at Towle Institute, Wilmington DE. fell in love with "Radium Girls". My students made a connection with Grace the heroine of the story. All the character's were remarkable. The fact that the character's were real people that you could find on the internet astonished them. Knowing that the U.S. Radium Company was real and not far from Delaware in Orange NJ. They couldn't get over how a company could put so many young women in a situation where the only outcome was death, and live with themselves. We had an outstanding production and I would be proud to direct this show again in the future. The audience was moved to tears and applause. We did this production in 2015, but I am just now writing to let you know about it."
Review by Cheryl Shields, Towle Institute, Wilmington, Del.
"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

"We rented a UV light to achieve the glow in the dark effects with the makeup. Well worth the rental fee."
Tip by Marianne Phinney, Walpole Footlighters, Walpole, Mass.
"Make sure your scene changes are quick."
Tip by Susan Postma, Nooksack Valley High School, Everson, Wash.
"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
Glen Ridge High School Glen Ridge New Jersey 12/13/2018 12/15/2018
Peters Theatre, William Jewell College Liberty Missouri 3/7/2019 3/9/2019
Eastbrook High School Marion Indiana 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Ferrum College Ferrum Virginia 5/28/2019 5/30/2019
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville Illinois 10/10/2018 10/14/2018
Bell Cultural Events Center Olathe Kansas 3/27/2019 3/31/2019
Los Gatos High Los Gatos California 10/25/2018 10/27/2018
Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania 1/18/2019 2/3/2019
Bishop Ireton High School Alexandria Virginia 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Cuyahoga Falls High School Cuyahoga Falls Ohio 11/9/2018 11/17/2018
Groton Dunstable Regional Groton Massachusetts 4/5/2019 4/6/2019
General William J. Palmer High School Colorado Springs Colorado 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Franklin County High School Frankfort Kentucky 10/25/2018 10/28/2018
Rickman Auditorium Arnold Missouri 11/2/2018 11/4/2018
Chatham High School Chatham New Jersey 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Shorewood High School Shoreline Washington 11/9/2018 11/18/2018
Wellsville Senior High School Wellsville New York 10/26/2018 10/27/2018
Sycamore High School Cincinnati Ohio 1/31/2019 2/2/2019
Heckart Performing Arts Center Sedalia Missouri 3/29/2019 3/30/2019
West Chester Bayard Rustin Hs West Chester Pennsylvania 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Emerald Ridge High School Puyallup Washington 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Penn High School Mishawaka Indiana 10/4/2018 10/5/2018
Lincoln-sudbury Regional High Sudbury Massachusetts 4/5/2019 4/7/2019
Spanish Springs High School Sparks Nevada 10/25/2018 10/27/2018
Timberline High School Lacey Washington 11/2/2018 11/10/2018
Paul D. Schreiber High School Port Washington New York 11/15/2018 11/18/2018
Landback Auditorium Renton Washington 11/8/2018 11/17/2018
Southridge High School Beaverton Oregon 5/9/2019 5/11/2019
SDSU Performing Arts Center Brookings South Dakota 10/25/2018 10/28/2018
Crown Point High School Crown Point Indiana 11/9/2018 11/17/2018
Rockridge Secondary School West Vancouver British Columbia 2/20/2019 3/1/2019
Pennsauken High School Pennsauken New Jersey 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
City of District Heights Theater District Heights Maryland 3/1/2019 3/1/2019
Cumberland Regional High School Seabrook New Jersey 11/29/2018 12/1/2018
Davenport Central High School Davenport Iowa 11/8/2018 11/9/2018
Maryland Ensemble Theatre Frederick Maryland 2/15/2019 3/10/2019
Newark Comm High School Newark Illinois 10/26/2018 10/27/2018
Crystal Lake Central High School Crystal Lake Illinois 10/25/2018 10/27/2018
St. Mary's Academy Portland Oregon 10/26/2018 10/28/2018
Mercy McAuley High School Cincinnati Ohio 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
Mcgavock Comp High School Nashville Tennessee 11/30/2018 12/1/2018
Gann Academy Waltham Massachusetts 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
The New Depot Players Conyers Georgia 2/21/2019 3/3/2019
Nicolet High School Glendale Wisconsin 11/8/2018 11/11/2018
Long Lake Theater Park Rapids Minnesota 9/14/2018 9/23/2018
Pomperaug Regional High School Southbury Connecticut 11/9/2018 11/18/2018
Episcopal Collegiate School Little Rock Arkansas 11/9/2018 11/11/2018
Columbine High School Littleton Colorado 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Bartlesville High School Bartlesville Oklahoma 2/28/2019 3/2/2019
Harbor City International School Duluth Minnesota 11/29/2018 12/2/2018
Forsyth High Forsyth Missouri 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Analy High Sebastopol California 11/8/2018 11/17/2018
Coventry High School Coventry Connecticut 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Middlesex High School Middlesex New Jersey 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
Irvington High School Irvington New York 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
Swegle Auditorium Sherrard High School Sherrard Illinois 10/12/2018 10/13/2018
Lakota West High School West Chester Ohio 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Sarasota High School Sarasota Florida 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Monte Vista High Danville California 10/18/2018 10/20/2018
Lewis & Clark High School Spokane Washington 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Rocky Mountain College Billings Montana 10/5/2018 10/13/2018
Shelbyville High School Shelbyville Illinois 11/9/2018 11/11/2018
Topeka West High Topeka Kansas 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Canton High School Canton Illinois 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Pleasant Valley High School Bettendorf Iowa 2/22/2019 2/23/2019
Auburn Riverside High School Auburn Washington 11/1/2018 11/10/2018
Hampden Academy Hampden Maine 12/6/2018 12/8/2018
East Gaston High Mount Holly North Carolina 11/15/2018 11/16/2018
West Michigan Lutheran High School Wyoming Michigan 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
West Chester Bayard Rustin Hs West Chester Pennsylvania 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
Brimmer and May School Chestnut Hill Massachusetts 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Ankeny High School Ankeny Iowa 11/2/2018 11/4/2018
William J. (Pete) Knight High Palmdale California 12/7/2018 12/9/2018
The Louisa Performing Arts Center Colorado Springs Colorado 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Van Meter Jr-sr High School Van Meter Iowa 11/9/2018 11/10/2018
Pinkerton Academy Derry New Hampshire 10/19/2018 10/21/2018
Medina High School Medina Ohio 10/26/2018 10/27/2018
Piedmont Hills High School San Jose California 11/14/2018 11/17/2018
Sherwood High School Sherwood Oregon 11/8/2018 11/10/2018
Saint Bernard School Uncasville Connecticut 11/30/2018 12/2/2018
Central Catholic Jr Sr High School Lafayette Indiana 11/8/2018 11/11/2018
West Albany High School Albany Oregon 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
Newton High School Newton New Jersey 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Pekin Community High School Pekin Illinois 11/1/2018 11/3/2018
Studio Theater Owosso Michigan 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
Northwestern Regional High School Winsted Connecticut 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
Lakes High School Lakewood Washington 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Strathcona County - Festival Place Sherwood Park Alberta 11/27/2018 11/29/2018
Barat Academy Chesterfield Missouri 11/2/2018 11/3/2018
Spring Grove Secondary Spring Grove Minnesota 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Provincetown Playhouse New York New York 3/1/2019 3/10/2019
Manitoba Theatre For Young People Winnipeg Manitoba 3/1/2019 3/2/2019
St. Mother Teresa High School Ottawa Ontario 12/6/2018 12/8/2018
Porta High School Petersburg Illinois 11/16/2018 11/16/2018

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