Radium Girls

by D.W. Gregory

Performed November 2015
( November 3-7 & 10-14, 2015)
at the Ron Maslin Playhouse
(10 performances: part of the regular season)

Directed by Tom Kobolak


Actor 1 Katrina Soroka
Actor 2 Courtney Roy
Actor 3 Emily Walsh
Actor 4 Tracey Nash
Actor 5 Karen Germundson
Actor 6 Derek Barr
Actor 7 Paul LeDuc
Actor 8 Paul Arbour
Actor 9 Harold Swaffield
Actor 10 Bruce Rayfuse


Production Manager Anna Lisa Bloom
assisted by Darlene Milligan-Barr
Stage Manager Gwendy Tolley
Assistant Stage Managers Nihan Kavaslar
Julia Lamperd
Set Design Karl Wagner
Construction Coordinator Paul Gardner
assisted by Katie Buller
Jim Clarke
Dean Flockton
Ron Gardner
KYOS Teens
Heidi Roberts
Stewart Zeyl
Set Painting Karl Wagner
assisted by Paul Gardner
Set Décor & Furnishings Darlene Milligan-Barr
assisted by Anna Lisa Bloom
Tom Kobolak
Karl Wagner
Costume Designer Maxine Ball
Marilyn Valiquette
assisted by Saundra Eaves
Caryl Pratt
Dressers Sean Behncke
Christina Johnston
Halia Osadca
Patti Vopni
Gordon Walls
Kathleen Walsh
Sound Design Brooke Keneford
assisted by Chrissy Hollands
Rob Johnstone
Tim Mabey
Lighting Design Karl Wagner
assisted by Paul Gardner
Evan Nearing
Projections Justin Ladelpha
Special Effects Consultant Brett Kelly
Properties Darlene Milligan-Barr
assisted by Terry Leonard
Sandra Quirt
Continuity Ann Williams
assisted by Margrit Cattell
Gordon Walls
Arlene Watson
Make-up Martha Johnstone
assisted by Deb Anderson
Clare Flockton
Shelley Harrison
Kate Lappan
Maria Mespolet
Natasha Nelson
Susan Nugent
Sandy Wynne
Hairstylist Carol Walkey
Green Room Julie Clayton
Nancy Cormier
assisted by Shelley Harrison
Publicity Susan Sinchak
assisted by Katie Buller
Christine Feldman
Emily Walsh
Programme Wendy Wagner
Box Office Gordon Marwood
Refreshments Barbara Kobolak
House Manager Don Lillico

Directors Note
America enters WWI. In East Orange, New Jersey, young women, some as young as 15, work for the U.S. Radium Corporation, painting the dials of wristwatches for the men in the trenches who need to tell time in the dark. The luminescent paint on the dials is a mixture of zinc sulfide and radium. The young women, fingers flitting over the dials, lips sharpening their brushes, earn a good wage and their hair and clothes glow with radium dust whenever they leave the factory.

Their story is all images and contradictions. A single ounce of radium is delivered by a US President encased in a lead lined box that weighs 110 pounds. Radium, hugely radioactive, hugely toxic, is a “bone-seeker”: bones of the dead leave photographic imprints.The fingers of radium scientists blacken with burns. Dental drills whine. Dying witnesses shrunk to skin and bone cannot hold up their hands to take the oath. Geiger counters still click ominously when held over gravesites. And the Radium Girls? A cartoon of the day depicts them, pretty as ever, lip pointing their brushes and painting their dials while skeletons cavort amongst them.

And when the government agencies will not listen to them, when the company discards them, what else can they possibly do?
So, while the Geiger counter clicks, think of the New Jersey dial painters who lay down their brushes, pushed back their chairs, clasped hands and decided – for likely the first time in their lives – to question, to ask and to fight.