By D.W. Gregory
Directed by Diane Sullivan and Sarah Kooiman
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 only witht he U.S. Radium Corporation but also with her own family and friends. Written with warmth and humor, "Radium Girls" is a fast-moving, highly theatrical emsemble piece that offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
Produced by Sauk Prairie High School at River Arts Center, 105 9th Street, Prairie du Sac
Performances: May 7-9, 2010
Performance Times: Friday May 7th at 7:00 pm, Saturday May 8th at 7:00 pm, Sunday May 9th at 2:00 pm
Ticket Prices: $5.00
Call 608-643-5636 for reservations or more information.