Saint Louis University Theatre will present Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. Show times are 8 p.m., with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
Following Friday and Sunday's performances, all audience members are invited remain after the show and participate in "talk-back" discussions. The subject matter of the play is based on real events in the 1920s, which, because of the personal injury caused, resulted in important trials attempting to assign guilt to manufacturers. These trials were relatively important in determining law for workers' rights. Authorities in this field of law will discuss the issues and have a question-and-answer period for those attending the play.
On Friday, the discussion will be hosted by Tom Martin, professor in Fine and Performing Arts — Theatre, and on Sunday, the discussion will be hosted by Gary Wayne Barker, director of the production. Panel members in Sunday's discussion will feature Chris Archer, principle of Archer, Lassa, and McHugh, LLC; Torri Hester, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History; Silvana Siddali, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History; and Stephanie Solomon, Ph.D., assistant professor of research ethics at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics.
Tickets are $10, with special pricing of $7 for students and $9 for faculty and staff. Reservations available at 314-977-3327. The theatre is located in Xavier Hall.
About Radium Girls
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, this fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science. A harrowing account of our collective capacity for denial juxtaposed with our individual capacity for courage.