by D.W. Gregory

Directed by Michael Phillips

Costumes Designed by Special Guest Artist Jenny Ampersand

In 1926 radium was a new radioactive substance discovered by Madame Curie and her husband, Antoine Henri Bacquerel, that seemed to have miracle properties. It would be mixed into toothpaste, infused in water and, because it had natural luminosity, it would be painted on watch dials to make them visible in the dark.

Radium Girls tells the true story of Grace Fryer, one of the young women employed by U. S. Radium Corporation who applied the highly radioactive substance to watch dials.  The young women began to contract terrible diseases and disfiguring effects from handling radium.  Their plight led to landmark litigation when the women sued the corporation for injuries incurred during their employment.

This play blends the facts of the case with warmth and humor and provides an important history lesson that resonates even in the 21st century.

Jenny Ampersand is a theatrical designer known for her many costume designs along with scenery, puppetry and properties.  She was trained at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and she works primarily in the Portland theatre community.  Ampersand has won a Grant for Artists Projects in Washington state and a Portland Drammy for her costume design for the Liminal Theatre production of Seven Deadly Sins.

Prices: $14 general | $8 students with ID | $10 seniors
Purchasing Options: tickets available in person, by phone, or email boxoffice@wou.edu
Venue: Rice Auditorium
Dates: November 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30pm, 12, at 2:00pm