“Radium Girls” Chronicles 1920s Labor Conditions

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will present Bergenstages theatre troupe’s production of D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls” this March and April 2023 in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at the College’s main campus in Paramus (400 Paramus Road).

Directed by Bergen Professor Leigh Jonaitis, Ph.D., D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls” spotlights the true story of female laborers who used radioactive paint to color watch dials in a 1920s U.S. Radium Plant. Instructed to finely point their brushes by molding the bristles with their mouths while painting, the women begin to notice health issues, even resulting in death. Plant officials cover up the issue, with disastrous consequences.

Performances take place on Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances take place Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Following the performance on Thursday, April 6, a panel discussion will discuss the play’s content from historical, scientific and feminist perspectives.

General tickets are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens ($10) and Bergen faculty and staff ($10) and students ($5). To purchase tickets, call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

Photo caption: Students (from left) Yurianna Botero, Paloma Vizcaino and Nia Coleman.

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