TheatreUNCA – Fall 2021 Performances

Radium Girls

by D.W. Gregory

Director: Aubrie Holcomb, Senior Drama & Mass Communication major

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. (in-person)
  • Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. (in-person & live-streamed)
  • Saturday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. (in-person)
  • Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. (in-person & live-streamed)
  • Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m. (in-person)

Location: UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theatre

Parking: Visitors may park in the lot behind the Belk Theatre after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

Ticket Cost: Donation-based (suggested donation $5-$10)

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About the Show: 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. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science. (Synopsis provided by Dramatic Publishing)

Note: This production is most suitable for ages 12 and up. Explores sensitive topics related to medical trauma and death.

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COVID Protocols:

  • Masks are required for everyone (actors and audience) regardless of vaccination status.
  • Actors will be at 12 feet away from audiences.
  • Seating will be at 50% capacity (approximately 60 seats).
  • We will be using paperless ticketing.
  • The show is approximately one hour with no intermission.