An element as bright as the Roaring Twenties, radium can shrink tumors and illuminate clock dials. But as its industry grows, factory workers are dying from a gruesome disease linked to the nation’s latest miracle cure. Radium Girls follows Grace Fryer and other dial painters suing for recognition from the company that made them sick. In this earnest and courageous work, the road to court is long, the clock is ticking, and Grace must decide between family or justice before it’s too late. Through humor, heart, and haunting dialogue, D.W. Gregory’s historical play reflects on labor rights, the commercialization of science, and the growing fixation on wealth and success, by any means.
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Radium Girls: History of Radium, “the Miracle Cure”
Student dramaturg JD Hartner offers a brief historical survey of radium to contextualize our production of Radium Girls, written by D.W. Gregory and directed by Loyola Theatre faculty Jonathan Wilson. READ MORE
The MacKenzie Scott Foundation awards a $5 million grant to the Black Ensemble Theatre, founded by Loyola Theatre alumna Jackie Taylor ('68). The Black Ensemble Theatre along with the National Museum of Mexican Art are among the Chicago cultural institutions to receive sizable donations by the foundation.READ MORE
How Hashtag Booked's Danielle Pinnock and LaNisa Renee Frederick Are Using Comedy as Activism
While theatre has been on pause and auditions have been on Zoom, Danielle Pinnock and LaNisa Renee Frederick have taken their comedy-activism to new heights. Launched in 2018, Hashtag Booked is Pinnock and Frederick’s improvised sketch Instagram series that shares “a raw slice of the #actorslife,” diving into their experiences of being Black actors in show business.