Holyoke High School Theater Company to Present One-Act Play Radium Girls March 9, 10 and 11

Holyoke High School Theater Company to Present One-Act Play Radium Girls March 9, 10 and 11

Join the Holyoke High School Theater Company on March 9, 10 and 11 at 6:30PM for three moving performances of RADIUM GIRLS written by D. W. Gregory.


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 (Sajanie Cotto Batlle), a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder (Miguel Dailey), 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 also with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, RADIUM GIRLS offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.

Under the leadership of Theater & Media teacher Bevan Brunelle, the Holyoke High School Theater Company is an after-school club that is an extension of the Performing & Media Arts Academy at Holyoke High. This production involves students from grades nine through twelve.

On March 9, 10 and 11 there will be an evening performance at 6:30pm. Following each performance will be a post-show discussion with the Cast & Crew for RADIUM GIRLS. All performances will be hosted in the John F. Sears Auditorium at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Masks must be worn by all attendees.

Advance tickets are $5 for General Admission and Student tickets are 2 for $5 for students (must buy 2). Advance tickets are available at the Holyoke High School Main Office and online at https://mifafestival.org/events. Online ticket sales will end March 8 at 5pm but same-day tickets will be available at each performance for $4 each for students and $8 for General Admission. This production has been made possible by the generous support of MIFA/VIctory Theater and the Linville Foundation.

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