About Kettle Moraine Drama Club Presents: RADIUM GIRLS

Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory tells the gripping and tragic story of women employed to work with radium infused paint during WWI and their fight for help when a slew of mysterious illnesses present over time. Based on the same true events revealed in Kate Moore's 2017 best selling book and the 2018 Netflix film, Radium Girls is a show that provokes important questions of justice and the consequences of technological advancement. 

Written for an ensemble cast, KM's spring production of features 20 actors playing over 30 characters with a mixture of warm, humor, and serious drama. 

Recommended for ages 10 and older. 

Run time is estimated at 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission. 

Tickets for in person performances are General Admission seating. Save time standing in line- buy in advance!

Online Livestream is for scheduled, live content at the ticketed time. Each livestream will show the specific performance happening at that time. 



Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, IL,

Origially produced by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey adn developed with a commissioning grant from The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.

Plot Synopsis

 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. Though Radium Girls ranges from 1918 through the 1940’s, the bulk of the narrative is centered on events in New Jersey in the mid 1920’s.

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 their mouths while painting. The factory’s enthusiastic new owner, Arthur Roeder is an idealistic man and excited by radium’s promising future and the company’s potential for growth. Roeder cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the disturbing streak of illnesses  among his employees. 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. As Grace fights for her day in court she 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. Some of the surviving girls finally get settlements and medical coverage for the rest of their shortened lives. 

(Synopsis adapted from materials by Dramatic Publishing and StageAgent.com)