BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present “Radium Girls” Feb. 24-27 at Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall.

Shows are at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26 and 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by emailing [obfuscate_btn][/obfuscate_btn].

Written by D.W. Gregory, “Radium Girls” is based on the true story of female factory workers poisoned by the radium-based paint used at their plant.

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Bethany senior Yasmeene Henderson, of Pittsburgh, stars as Grace Fryer, a watch dial painter for U.S. Radium Corp. who, along with fellow workers, sued the company and ultimately led a push for safer labor practices.

Evan Oslund ’11, adjunct professor of theatre, directs the production.

“I knew this would be a challenging piece given the size of the cast and the subject matter at hand,” Oslund said. “But the students, faculty and community members involved have very much banded together, bringing back a version of theatre that we are all more accustomed to: large-scale productions involving over 20 people and creating a family therein. I couldn’t be happier with everyone involved and the students who continuously step up to add more to their plates and who want to continue to grow the theatre program here at Bethany.”

“Radium Girls” also features students Will Sarver, of Lewisburg, W.Va.; Ethan Wilczynski, of Carmichaels, Pa.; Aidan Morgan, of West Liberty, Ky.; Civanna Tomes, of Colliers, W.Va.; Sydney Sands, of Clarksburg, W.Va.; Aubree Gray, of Moundsville, W.Va.; Sidney Felouzis, of Weirton, W.Va.; Shawn McClurg, of Wintersville, Ohio; Anastasia Rudolph, of Bethel Park, Pa.; Roman Hulver, of Oil City, Pa.; Luciano Boccalatte, of Buenos Aires; Alexis Romero, of Vero Beach, Fla.; Mecca Collins, of Wheeling, W.Va.; Olivia Zinn, of Philippi, W.Va.; Salomon Klegbe, of Cleveland, Ohio; Keone Corpuz, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Robert Warren of Dallas.

Travis Straub, associate professor of English; Georgia Tambasis, adjunct professor of visual arts; and alumnus Dan Harry ’74 round out the cast.

“Radium Girls” is presented with special permission by the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.