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.

Tickets On Sale: April 19, 2021
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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



Auditions: Auditions for Radium Girls will be held Monday, March 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. There are roles for four to five males and five females. For more information about auditioning or getting involved behind the scenes, contact director Joshua Penrod at 605.220.0308 or joshua.dutt@state.sd.us.

 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.

Radium Girls is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.