Lakota West Theatre presents RADIUM GIRLS

Lakota West Theatre presents RADIUM GIRLS
Posted on 10/09/2018
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By D.W. Gregory

November 9-10 at 7:30 PM

$12 Pre-sale
$15 At the door
Tickets Available October 19, 2018

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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 is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece.

A little history:

During the height of radium's popularity, the U.S. Radium Corporation employed more than a hundred workers (mostly women) to paint watch and clock faces with their patented luminous paint. As many as 70 women were hired to mix the paint, comprised of glue, water and radium powder. Workers were taught to shape paintbrushes with their mouths to maintain a fine point, and some used the material to paint their nails and teeth. While U.S. Radium's labor force were all but encouraged to ingest the dangerous mixture, management and research scientists who were aware of the danger carefully avoided any exposure themselves.