Tabor College Theater to present ‘Radium Girls’

Tabor Theater presents “Radium Girls” by D.W. Gregory March 8-11 in the Prieb Harder Theater in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. March 8-10 and 3 p.m. March 11.

Through the story of Grace Fryer and other women who suffered terribly as a result of industry outpacing, science and neglect of persons in the name of profit, this play illustrates a critical moment in Ameri­can history.

The play is a look into the 1920s, when radium was considered a miracle cure for a range of ailments and was marketed to the public as a general health booster.

The element was put into drinks that were taken daily and painted onto surfaces to make them glow. There seemed to be no end to the applications of radium. Then health issues started to surface as a result of radium exposure.

“Some people think history is boring, but ‘Radium Girls’ brings history to life,” said cast member Madison Hill. “This story is about real people facing big issues that were anything but boring. I love the passion that the play brings out in all of the actors.”

The play invokes some compelling and relevant questions about the media’s role in society, about laws that benefit businesses but can harm individuals and about a cultural tendency to dismiss women’s health concerns.

“It’s fascinating to work on a script that is based on true events,” said Laurel Koerner, director of theater at Tabor College. “Finding photos of the women at work in the radium painting studios and newspaper clippings from the course of the trial is thrilling. It adds gravity to the entire process, knowing that these are real people whose stories we are telling.”

This event has limited seating. Tickets can be reserved or purchased at the door.

To reserve tickets, contact the Student Life Office at 620-947-3121 x1033 or visit

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