6/16/2017 - HCAC: Radium Girls

Hackensack Theatre Company and the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
will be presenting D.W. Gregory's RADIUM GIRLS
June 16-24 at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway in Hackensack, NJ.

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.

Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science. 

Performance times are:
Friday, June 16 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 17 at 8:00pm
Friday, June 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 24 at 8:00pm

Tickets are $15 for all seats and are available right now at http://hackensacktheatre.seatyourself.biz/



A hundred years ago, over a dozen factory workers died in New Jersey due to radium poisoning, in a scandal that rocked the world and forever changed the scientific community. This week, Hackensack Theatre Company and the Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts will stage Radium Girls, a dramatization by D.W. Gregory of the events surrounding the Orange, New Jersey-based scandal. Performances will begin this Friday, June 16 at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center and will continue this Saturday and next weekend.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of dial painter Grace Fryer, played by CosetteLiosi of Maywood, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, the idealistic Arthur Roeder, played by J. Michael Baran of Clifton, 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.

The story has recently attracted national attention, thanks in large part to Kate Moore’s New York Times bestselling book, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, which was released this April. “It’s hard to imagine that this incredible story happened just a few miles away from Hackensack,” director Frank Borelli says. “Part of our goal with this production is to honor the brave women like Grace Fryer who sought justice and worked to educate the public about the dangers of radium.”

“Although this story is a century old, Radium Girls remains incredibly timely,” Hackensack Theatre Company co-Artistic Director Caseen Gaines says. “It is a real David and Goliath story of an everyday person taking on a major corporation and the scientific community – and I think audiences will be surprised to see who wins.”

“As soon as we read this play, we knew we had to bring it to the stage,” Hackensack Theatre Company co-Artistic Director Felicia Benson-Kraft says. “We are happy to have partnered with the City of Hackensack once again to bring theater to our local residents that won’t break their banks.”

Performances for Radium Girls are June 16, 17, 23, and 24. All shows begin at 8:00pm and tickets are $15.00 for all seats. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.hackensacktheatre.com.

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For more information about Art and Cultural events contact:

The Department of Cultural Arts at 201-820-3007 or gliosi@hackensack.org