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Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) is proud to present Radium Girls. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches were 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. But as the case goes on, 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.

Radium Girls is a celebration of feminism and independence that transcends history. This show is a timeless tale that shows the true nature of inequality and encourages viewers to rally against it. Artistic Director Tad Janes sees it as part of MET's mission to paint empowering narratives. This is a beautiful play that is relevant and heartfelt. Unfortunately, our society is still plagued with situations where health and well-being are often undermined by profit-seeking corporations. This was the first case where this exploitation was taken to court and reversed. Also, the story is beautifully crafted by regional (Montgomery County) playwright, D.W. Gregory.

The Radium Girls production team includes: Director Gerard Stropnicky, Stage Manager Mary Patchell, Assistant Stage Manager Mikayla Domingo, Scenic Designer Gerard Stropnicky and Doug Grove, Lighting Designer Tabetha White, Sound Designer Tom Majarov, Costume Designer Sherry Shaner and Properties Donna Quesada.

The cast includes: Bette Cassatt as Grace, Surasree Das as Kathryn/Harriet, Dena Transeau as Irene/Miss Wiley, Julie Herber as Mrs. Fryer/MacNeil, Molly Parchment as Mrs. Roeder, M. Curie, Matt Harris as Lee/Drinker/Flinn, Daniel Valentín-Morales as Tom/Knef, Jack Evans as Markeley and Ron Ward as Roeder.

Radium Girls opens on Friday, February 15 and runs until Sunday, March 10, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (301) 694-4744, online at or in person at the MET box office. Come learn about the darker parts of history in this inspiring tale

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