The Girls Return...

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. 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 on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation but also with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece with 10 talented CYT actors, playing more than 30 roles—friends, coworkers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates and a myriad of interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.

Dates / Times:

  • Saturday, Aug 21st @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 22nd @ 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Aug 26th @ 7:30pm
  • Friday, Aug 27th @ 6:00pm
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Ticket Prices:

All tickets will be purchased through the IndyFringe website ( or in person at the IndyFringe office on Mass Ave.

Athenaeum Theatre:

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204