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Radium Girls Auditions-Washington, DC - Casting ID # 1574004
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Washington, DC Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 06-18-18
Audition Date 11-11-18 Submission deadline 11-10-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
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 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 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, 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.


Role # 1 Grace Fryer
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A deeply sincere woman, she is always concerned with doing what’s right. At the start of the play, she, like almost everyone else, believes in the great goodness of science, but through the course of the play, she faces the trials of questioning what goodness really is as she suffers through her illness inflicted by the radium paint she worked with.


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Gender: Female
Age: from Any to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Kathryn Schaub
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A friend of Grace, she is the dreamiest and most romantic of the three girls, always filled with ideas of love. Kathryn is the first to really sense the danger they’re all in, and becomes truly afraid. As her own illness progresses, she becomes more and more cynical, believing that people will do and say anything, except what’s right.



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Gender: Female
Age: from Any to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Irene Rudolph
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Kathryn’s cousin, is age seventeen at the start of the play. Later, she is in her twenties. She is the more pragmatic of the three girls – down-to-earth, straightforward, almost cynical, and sometimes tactlessly blunt. She is the first of the three dial painter girls to die.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Katherine Wiley
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Is the executive director of the New Jersey Consumer’s League. She is a strong-willed woman with moral fiber, and works to help Grace go to trial against the U.S. Radium corp.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Nancy Jane Harlan
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Sob sister, is a tabloid reporter. She follows the story of the “Radium Girls” and gives them publicity, though the presentation of her stories tend to be a little more scandalous and outrageous.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Jack/Jane Youngwood
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Reporter (Jack/Jane Youngwood), works for the Newark Ledger He, like the Sob Sister, follows the story of the “Radium Girls” and gives them publicity. He is perhaps a little more dignified in his journalism than the Sob Sister.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Mrs. Anna Fryer
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Grace’s mother, and the mother of many other children. She is a pragmatic woman, concerned with finances and all things practical.



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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Mrs. Alma Macneil
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The supervisor of the dial painter girls, and possibly Irish. She is a hard woman who is concerned with her work and its quality, likely to a fault.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Mrs. Diane Roeder
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Mrs. Arthur (Diane) Roeder is Arthur Roeder’s wife. She enjoys being the wife of a company president, and because she cares about her husband, she cares about the company. She believes in the good that her husband is able to do.



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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Dr. Marie Curie
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Polish by birth (she has the Polish accent), She is credited with the “discovery” of radium.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Harriet Roeder
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The daughter of Arthur Roeder, age nine at the beginning of the play, and later in her thirties, telling her father how he needs to find a hobby and forget the past.



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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Arthur Roeder
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Is age thirty-four at the start of the play, and sixty-five at its close. Becomes president of the U.S. Radium Corp. It is when he takes over the company that the switch from dial painting to more medical pursuits is made. He is a husband and a father, and a good man, believing that what he is doing is the right thing (he views Knef’s offer to be immoral), and the greatness of the American Dream.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Tom Kreider
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Grace’s fiancé, and a postal worker. Though he is somewhat concerned about money (certainly not to the extent of Grace’s mother), he is more concerned with getting married to Grace and starting a life with her.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Charlie Lee
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C.B. “Charlie” Lee, at first Roeder’s vice president of the company, later becomes president. He is a true businessman, concerned most of all by the good of the company and the company’s purpose: to sell watches.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 Edward Markley
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Works as counsel for the U.S. Radium Corp. He’s a calm, rational, matter-of-fact sort of man. Though when threatened or in the face of danger, he can be cold, very cold.



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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Dr. Von Sochocky
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Is the founder of the U.S. Radium Corp., and the inventor of the luminous paint. When the girls all get sick, he is burdened with guilt, so he offers to testify for them. He himself gets sick from the radiation; with the girls, it was in their jaws, for him, it’s in his hands.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Raymond Berry
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Is the attorney for the dial painters. He is generally concerned about the welfare of the girls, to the point of disagreeing with Ms. Wiley’s tactic of using journalism and public sympathy for reform.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 18 Dr. Joseph Knef
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Is at first Irene’s dentist, then Grace’s. He is the one to advise Grace to go to the company for help on the grounds that the company should feel obligated to help, that there’s a moral obligation. Later, he tries to make a deal with the company to come up with “favorable diagnoses” for any of the factory girls who come to see him.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 19 Dr, Frederick Flinn
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PH.D is a fifty-something academic, warm and friendly. Works in physiology at Columbia University, industrial hygiene. He tells Grace that the radium has nothing to do with her ailment, but he is working for the company.



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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -