April 21-23 in the CenterStage
Directed by Caroline McArdle’18
In an Orange, New Jersey, clock factory in 1926, the newly-discovered element radium is hailed as a miraculous panacea, invaluable to industry and essential to progress in the modern world. But radium’s destructive effects are not yet known, resulting in the deaths of many women who painted the surfaces of watches with radium powder paint. Radium Girls follows the quest of many of these workers to expose to the media their own exploitation in an ill-fated campaign for justice. Its enduring themes of toxic productivity, gender in the workforce, and the power of the media results in a highly theatrical ensemble piece that remains relevant today.