Radium Girls, a production by D.W. Gregory, directed by Tricia H. Spione, will run Sept. 16 – Oct. 2 at The Weekend Theater, located at 1001 W. Seventh St., in Little Rock. 

 

The showtimes will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday nights with a 2:30 p.m. showtime for Sunday afternoons. Tickets to the show are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students, and may be purchased online

 

About the production: 

Radium was a magical cure, Madame Curie was an international celebrity and luminous watches were the latest rage in the year 1926. As a dark piece of history, the girls working in the factories painting luminous watches began to fall ill with mysterious ailments, creating the true story on which Radium Girls is based. 

 

Tracing the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, the production follows her to court as she fights for her right to compensation. The production also highlights Arthur Roeder, Fryer’s former employer, as her chief adversary. Roeder is an idealistic man unwilling to believe that radium, an element which shrinks the size of tumors, would have anything to do with illnesses among his employees.  

 

Fryer, throughout the performance, finds herself clashing with the U.S. Radium Corporation, her family and her friends – who are all concerned with the consequences of her campaign for justice. The performance is composed of a cast of 12 actors who play more than 30 parts – including friends, coworkers, love interests, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates and bystanders. 

 

Drama critics have named Radium Girls as “powerful” and “engrossing,” according to the news release, which also states the production as an unflinching deep-dive at American obsessions with health, wealth and commercialized science. 

 

Shaina Tippitt stars as Grace Fryer, with Dakota Mansfield playing Arthur Roeder. Other cast members include Kirsten Rasmussen, Taylor Huff, Elizabeth Reha, Julie Schlesinger, Dominique Lane, Sandy Robbins, Drew Ellis, Steven Jones, Chad Fulmer and Tommie Tinker. 

 

For more information about The Weekend Theater’s 30th anniversary season, visit its website.

 

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