The Guntson Players present 'Radium Girls' Feb. 15-16

The Gunston Players present "Radium Girls" under the direction of Gunston alumni Tess Hogans. The public will have three chances to see the play, at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Church Hill Theatre. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. 

CENTREVILLE — The Gunston Players present "Radium Girls," a look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.

The play can be seen on stage at Church Hill Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 to 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. 

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by contacting tmooney@gunston.org or calling 410-758-0620.

According to a news release, in 1926 radium was a miracle cure and Madame Curie an international celebrity. Luminous watches are 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, 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.

Tess Hogans, a Gunston alumni, graduate of Wheaton College and the executive director of the Garfield Center for the Arts, is in her first year of directing the Gunston Players.

Actors are Avy Aubin, Emerson Borghardt, Michaela Campbell, Sophia Ewing, Cedar Foster, Phineas Howell, Orion McCluskey, Elyssa Merton, Connor Reichardt, Katie Schiwy, Severin Schut, Charlie Shifrin, Henry Shifrin, Katie Staley, Caroline Taylor, Phebe Wood and Hannah Worth.

Helen Boone, Emerson Borghardt, MacCallum Borghardt, Stephen Brown, Sophia Ewing, Hannah Worth make up the stage crew and Moe Weimer is the assistant director.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by contacting tmooney@gunston.org or calling 410-758-0620.

Church Hill Theatre is located at 103 Walnut Street, Church Hill.

"Radium Girls," by D. W. Gregory, is presented with special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.

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