Gunston Players Present Radium Girls This Weekend!

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The Gunston Players proudly present Radium Girls, a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science, on stage at Church Hill Theatre Friday and Saturday, February 15—16 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, 17 February at 2 p.m.

Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended by contacting tmooney@gunston.org or calling 410.758.0620.

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.

Tess Hogans, a Gunston alumni, graduate of Wheaton College and the Executive Director of the Garfield Center for the Arts is in her first year of directing The Gunston Players.

Actors are Avy Aubin, Emerson Borghardt, Michaela Campbell, Sophia Ewing, Cedar Foster, Phineas Howell, Orion McCluskey, Elyssa Merton, Connor Reichardt, Katie Schiwy, Severin Schut, Charlie Shifrin, Henry Shifrin, Katie Staley, Caroline Taylor, Phebe Wood and Hannah Worth. Helen Boone, Emerson Borghardt, MacCallum Borghardt, Stephen Brown, Sophia Ewing, Hannah Worth make up the stage crew and Moe Weimer is the assistant director.

Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended by contacting tmooney@gunston.org or calling 410-758-0620.

Church Hill Theatre is located at 103 Walnut Street, Church Hill, MD 21623.

Radium Girls, by D. W. Gregory, is presented with special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.

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