Radium Girls

D.W. Gregory

September 4th - 19th, 2015
Charlestown Working Theater

Tickets

  • Advance: $20
  • Door: $25
  • Student Rush: $10

Show Synopsis

Corporate greed turns devastating in Radium Girls, inspired by the true story of the factory workers of the U.S. Radium Corporation. Once considered a miracle cure and scientific marvel, by the 1920s the radium used in painting luminous watch dials has triggered potentially fatal health problems for Grace Fryer and other dial painters. As their health deteriorates, the laborers demand compensation from the company insistent on sweeping their ordeal under the rug, and Grace must battle the ruthless corporation even while radiation poisoning destroys her body and life.

When & Where

Show Dates

September 2015
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Venue

Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill St
Charlestown, MA
 

Media & Links

Media Release (182kB)

Program (2178kB)

Cast Announcement

Meet the women of Radium Girls

Everything Is Bad for You

Dramaturg David N. Rogers explores the battle between the little guy and big business, both in the time of the Radium Girls and today.

Review: Boston Arts Review

"With all the rallies about women’s rights to equal pay and reproductive freedom, the right to a safe work environment plummets down on the list. Thank you, FLAT EARTH, for bringing the issue to light again with RADIUM GIRLS." -Beverly Creasey

Review: EDGE, Boston

"The production's all-female cast of nine do some heavy lifting in this much-populated play, switching fluidly from role to role and gender to gender... The cast play both genders with conviction." -Kilian Melloy

Review: New England Theatre Geek

"The all-female cast, directed by Lindsay Eagle, is a thematic choice that puts a deeply chilling turn on D.W. Gregory’s play. Not only is this a story of industry unchecked, market demand and greed exceeding human empathy, but a piece about women struggling to claim a voice." -Gillian Daniels

Review: MyTheatre

"Radium Girls is a fine wrap-up to one of Flat Earth’s strongest seasons. From the talented performances to the dynamic staging to the insightful dramaturgical note in the program..., this production was a rich experience that left me wanting more." -Fabiana Cabral

Review: On Boston Stages

"As Grace Fryer..., Erin Eva Butcher gives the character youthful grace and innocence before she is eventually worn down by the reality of her situation. ... As the plant manager and eventually U.S. Radium president, Bridgette Hayes’ Arthur Roeder is no cardboard cutout villain." -Rich Fahey

2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award Nominees

• Nomination for Best Specialty Ensemble in a Play: The Factory Girls in Radium Girls

2015 MyTheatre Awards Nominees

• Nomination for Best Dramaturgical Notes: David N. Rogers
• Nomination for Best Actress: Bridgette Hayes

MyTheatre Awards Nominee Interview Series: David N. Rogers

"It’s dangerous to think of Radium Girls as something that couldn’t happen now. It is happening now, somewhere and in some form, and I wanted to invite audiences to consider that."

MyTheatre Exclusive Interview: Bridgette Hayes

"...this production was an experiment to see what would happen if we gave a female perspective to this otherwise male-dominated corporate landscape. What resulted, for me at least, was a deeper understanding of the pressure Roeder feels to be successful ... and the guilt and remorse he suffers when he finally recognizes that he chose making a profit over valuing human life."
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Cast

Production Staff