Radium Girls

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April 30-May 2*, 2021 (Fri, Sat, Sun*)
May 6-8, 2021 (Thu, Fri, Sat)
Grand Opera House, Pierre, SD

Doors Open at 7 p.m., Performance at 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday Matinee Doors Open at 1:30 p.m., Performance at 2 p.m.

Those who are not comfortable attending a live production at the theater or unable to attend in person can view the production virtually on May 6-8. Purchase a virtual ticket. 

Tickets On Sale: April 19, 2021
Learn more about season memberships or individual ticket prices

Preview Performance: April 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Preview tickets are $5 at the door.



Drama by D.W. Gregory
Directed by Joshua Penrod
Assistant Directors: Jennifer Bieser and Roxanne Smith

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.


Del Bartels: Raymond Berry, Dr. Cecil Drinker
Jennifer Bieser: Society Woman
Kimberly Borge: Mrs. MacNeil, Dr. Marie Curie, Customer 
Alisa Bousa: Mrs. Michaels, Clerk, Katherine Wiley 
Emily Costar: Kathryn Schaub, Shopgirl, Harriet Roeder
Michelle Deyo-Amende: Sob Sister (Nancy Jane Harlan), Mrs. Fryer 
Kristin Gabriel: Irene Rudolph, Mrs. Roeder
David Guild: Edward Markley, Dr. Flinn, Store Owner
Lydia Kanz: Grace Fryer 
Scott Lee: Tom Kreider, Dr. Martland, Dr. Knef
Matt McQuistion Jr.: Arthur Roeder
Jack Mortenson: Reporter (Jack Youngwood), Photographer, Court
Joshua Penrod: Board Member #1 
Miranda Roberts: Elderly Widow (Voice), Opening and Closing Announcements
Wynne Sayer: Board Member #2
Roxanne Smith: Society Woman
Willow White: Young Harriet 
Andrew Yaeger: Dr. Von Sochocky, William Bailey, C.B. Lee

Radium Girls is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.