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Radium Girls

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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 with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Directed by Michelle Perez Dungjen.

Total performance time, including a 15 minute intermission, is about 2 1/2 hours.


  • Tickets are $33 for Adults, $20 for Youth under 18 (fees included in these prices).

  • For other prices such as Groups of 8 or more, Two-on-the-Town card holders, Military or Students with ID, or if you wish to attend with a Service Dog, please call the Box Office.

  • On Thursday, April 11, all tickets are $18 (no other discounts apply).

  • If sold out, we have a Waiting List.

  • No refunds; exchanges often possible more than 24 hours before a performance.

  • More details at our Seeing a Show page.

Thank you to our show sponsor

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