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   "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda." 

-W.E.B. DuBois


June 22nd - July 1st, 2017
at the Manny Fried Playhouse


Subversive Theatre unapologetically presents
for the seventh installment of our
"Subversive Youth Series"

by D.W. Gregory
Directed by Kelly Beuth*

Starring emerging student actors of
Buffalo's Performing Arts High School

June 22nd - July 1st, 2017

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets $12.00 general admission
or $8.00 for students with valid I.D.
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can!

Click here to purchase tickets online for all shows


"You would do well to listen to science and ignore the nonsense that has been printed in the newspapers.
[R]adium has nothing to do with what is ailing you."
-Corporate Lie #1


          For the seventh installment of our "Subversive Youth Series," Subversive Theatre is honored to present the regional debut of RADIUM GIRLS by D.W. Gregory, an empowering testament to anyone who's ever found the courage to stand up for what's right.

        What do you do when you find out your only means of earning a living is killing you?  Looking back almost one hundred years, this astonishingly true tale follows a group of young women factory workers who learn that the glow-in-the-dark watch dials they paint every day contain lethal radium.  In the face of corporate denials, male chauvinism, and a staggering bastardization of science, one defiant rank-and-file worker mounts a campaign for justice that just may cost her everything.

        Told with honesty, heart, and even tender moments of humor, this whirlwind play cuts right to the core of America's gruesome obsession with progress and profit to the point of complete disregard for the human suffering that comes along the way.  Connecting the dots between workers' exploitation and women's oppression to the twisting of science, the courts, the press, and public opinion all in the interests of corporate greed, RADIUM GIRLS is a critical look back into the past with all too many lessons for today.



"The cynical would say there's only one reason why
a high-profile specialist took up the cause. 
On June 9, 1925, the first male employee of the
United State Radium Corporation died."

-Historian Kate Moore


        Directed by Subversive Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Kelly Beuth*, our rendition features a long list of emerging young actors from Buffalo's Performing Arts High School (BAVPA -- the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts) including Corinne McLaughlin, Casey Appenheimer, Tallulah Gordon, Aurora Anderson, Isabella Rodriguez, Isabelle Trump, Atreau Richardson, Nahiem Paris, Steven Luangpakdy, Molly Lewars, Alisha Chardon, Daleina Valdiva, and Melisa Rivas.  Costume Design is by Maureen Caputo* with Lighting Design by Kurt Schneiderman*, Scenic Design by J. Tim Raymond, and sound design by the director herself.   

        RADIUM GIRLS runs June 22nd - July 1st 6th - May 6th with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.  All shows are in our regular performance venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building. 


"RADIUM GIRLS may speak to our collective capacity for denial.  But it also celebrates our individual courage."
-The Daily Record


        This production marks the seventh installment of our Subversive Youth Series.  Each year Subversive Theatre is honored to present a play that speaks up with a radical voice on issues facing young people all over the world.  The program began with our production of TICK, TICK... BOOM! in 2011, BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD in 2012, FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: BIRMINGHAM 1963 in 2013, THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS in 2014, EMOTIONAL CREATURE in 2015, and AKEELAH AND THE BEE in 2016.  Don't miss the newest installment of this ever-growing well of youthful subversion.

        RADIUM GIRLS first premiered at the Playwrights Theatre in Madison, New Jersey in 2000, since that time it has enjoyed nearly 300 performances all over the world.  Heralded by the New York Times as "a playwright with the talent to enlighten and provoke," author D.W. Gregory is a Pulitzer Prize nominated writer and one of the most active women playwrights in America today. 

        Tickets are $12.00 general admission or $8.00 for students with valid I.D.  As always, all Thursday shows are pay-what-you-can.

        For more information call 716-408-0499 where you can also leave reservations and/or questions for your comrades at Subversive Theatre.  Reservations will be held up till five minutes before showtime.  Tickets can also be purchased right here on line, just click here.

        Where else but at SUBVERSIVE THEATRE: where DISSENT take center stage!

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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