Lake Cumberland Children’s Theatre presents Radium Girls
Lake Cumberland Children’s Theatre’s next play is Radium Girls.
Friday, March 22: 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: 2 p.m.
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Radium Girls is D.W. Gregory’s gripping drama based on the true story of female laborers who were poisoned and killed by their factory’s radium-based paint. Though Radium Girls ranges from 1918 through the 1940s, the bulk of the narrative is centered on events in New Jersey in the mid-1920s.
The play highlights Grace, Irene, and Kathryn who paint dials in the U.S. Radium Plant and are instructed to finely point their brushes by molding the bristles with the mouths while painting. The factory’s new owner, Arthur Roeder, is excited by radium’s promising future and believes the company’s potential for growth. Roeder’s mindset is supported by Marie Curie, the internationally famous scientist, who believes radium provides many health benefits and could cause cancer.
But soon the girls begin to notice disturbing health issues, and one of their co-workers dies, her death is brushed aside. The plant tries to keep the girls who are getting sicker from talking to the press, push back their court dates, and deflect any negativity toward the company. Some of the girls finally get settlements and medical coverage for the rest of their shortened lives.
- Event Type : Public Event