For next Thursday's reading, we have secured the rights to the one act version of D W Gregory's play, 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, 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 for 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts-friends, coworkers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates and myriad 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.
If you haven't read with us before and would like to take part in this reading, please complete the form at here and send us a short filmed monologue (maximum of 2 minutes) via WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The monologue isn't compulsory, but really does help us when it comes to casting if we haven't seen you act before.
If you have read with us before and would like to take part in this reading, please email us to let us know and we will add you to the mix.
Please ensure that all applications reach us by 7pm on Monday 12 October. Note that we can't cast everyone in every reading, but we will try to ensure everyone gets a fair turn.
We welcome an audience, so do feel free to join us next Thursday 15 October at 8.30pm. Please email email@example.com for the link. We look forward to seeing you there!