Otterbein Theatre presents Radium Girls, Oct. 24-Nov. 2

Posted Oct 22, 2019

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.

Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, “Radium Girls” offers a wry, unflinching look at the commercialization of science and the societal obsessions with health and wealth.

The Otterbein University Theatre and Dance production of “Radium Girls” will have performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday October 24, and at 8 p.m. October 25 & 26 and November 1& 2 in the Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St., Westerville. Tickets cost $22.  Call 614-823-1109 or visit

The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances, and is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Student Rush discounts are available one hour prior to curtain, pending ticket availability.

Otterbein University Theatre and Dance presents:
Radium Girls
By D.W. Gregory
Oct. 24-26, Nov. 1-2
Campus Center Theatre
100 W Home St, Westerville

Directed by:  Lenny Leibowitz
Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson
Costume Designer: Val Frizzell
Guest Lighting Designer: Kelly Ganley
Guest Sound Designer: Ethan Brown
Stage Manager: Lindsay Lisanti

Grace Fryer (a dial painter): Anna Sheridan
Arthur Roeder (Supervisor at U.S. Radium Corp.): Ethan Walker
Kathryn Schaub/ Society Woman/ Harriet/ Shop Girl/ Board Member: Grace Dillon
Irene Rudolph/ Miss Wiley/ Board Member/ Mrs. Michaels: Abby Messina
Sob Sister/ MacNeil/ Clerk/ Mrs. Fryer: Marissa Davis
Mrs. Roeder/ Madame Curie/ Customer/ Board Member: Emma Kate Lampe
Lee/ Bailey/ Dr. Drinker/ Lovesick Cowboy/ Male Shopper/ Court: Evan Kret
Berry/ Martland/ Flinn/ Store Owner: Desmond Fernandez
Tom/ Reporter/ Dr. Knef/ Venecine Salesman: Chase Pittman
Markley/ Von Sochocky/ Elderly Widow/ Photographer: Christopher Smith
Grace FryerUnderstudy (will perform on Nov. 1): Logan Reeder
Kathryn Schaub Understudy (will perform on Oct. 25): Madeleine Norton

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St.
Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St.
Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St.