BHS to perform ‘Radium Girls’ starting next week

The Ballard High School Playmakers are getting ready to start their performance season with the play Radium Girls.

Radium Girls, based on a true story, is about the use of radium over a hundred years ago, once believed to fight cancer. It was commercialized, and was used in a number of consumer products, including luminous watches.

Here’s the synopsis, from BHS:

Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill and started dying. Worker Gracie Jordan decides to sue the United States Radium Corporation, exposing radium’s impact on health and just how far a company will go to manipulate science. 

Radium Girls tells a story of corporate and government scandal while also exploring science,” BHS theatre director Shawn M. Riley says. “These are important conversations to be having even today.” 

The play will be performed on Oct. 17th – 19th, and 24th – 26th at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at BHS (1418 NW 65th St). Performances start at 7:30pm with one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available online (search for Radium Girls).


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