Re­gion 7 stu­dents to stage ‘Ra­dium Girls’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS -

WINSTED — “Ra­dium Girls,” a play writ­ten by D.W. Gre­gory, will be pre­sented by North­west­ern Re­gional 7’s The­atre Pro­gram in the Les Ober The­atre at the high school, 100 Bat­tis­toni Drive in Winsted. The pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Keith Wine­gar. Per­for­mances are Nov. 16-17 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

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.

Ad­mis­sion is gen­eral seat­ing, and tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door the dates of the per­for­mances. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, and $5 for se­nior cit­i­zens on the Sun­day, Nov. 18 per­for­mance.

Cast mem­bers in­clude Molly Stan­ton as Grace, Ben Black as Roeder, Eli­jah Love­joy as Tom, Shauna Lla­mas as Markley, William Love­joy as Lee, Emily Rus­sell as Sob Sis­ter, Makayla Bal­ducci as Miss Wi­ley, Alyssa Borelli as Kathryn, Alexa Car­roll as Von So­chocky, Mad­die Gi­a­co­nia as Mrs. Roeder, Heaven Diaz as Mrs. Fryer, and Zach Geiger as Knef. Also Ben Clarke as Berry, Max Langer as Re­porter, Amanda Geiger as Flinn, Han­nah Kro­nen­gold as Irene, Maya Clark as Mac­neil, Ayiana Han­son as Madam Curie, Danielle Ray as So­ci­ety Woman, Mya Clark as Clerk, Arie Staw­icki as Court, Ayiana Han­son as Drinker, Danielle Ray as Board Mem­ber #1, Han­nah Kro­nen­gold as Board Mem­ber #2, and Ayiana Han­son as Board Mem­ber #3. Also, Han­nah Kro­nen­gold as Mrs. Michaels, Alexa Car­roll as Har­riet, Amanda Geiger as Mart­land, Cor­rine Fer­rari as Lovesick Cow­boy, Zach Geiger as Venecine Sales­man, Arie Staw­icki as El­derly Widow, Cor­rine Fer­rari as Male Shop­per, Ayiana Han­son as Cus­tomer, Jayson Pa­tel as Store Owner, Danielle Ray as Shop­girl, Arie Staw­icki as Pho­tog­ra­pher, and Corinne Fer­rari as Bai­ley.

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