By D.W. Gregory
Showdates: October 20 - 29, 2017
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. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
Performance run time: 2 hours with a 10-minute intermission
Performances held at the UAA Mainstage Theatre, 3700 Alumni Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508
Alexandra McCall as Grace Fryer
Jake Beauvais as Arthur Roeder
Mary Alley as Kathryn Schaub & Harriet Roeder
Angela Colavecchio as Irene, Mrs. Michaels, Shop Girl, Photographer, Young Harriet
Kimberly Allely as Katherine Wiley, Customer
Addoris Davis as Dr. Marie Curie, Elderly Widow, Mrs. Diane Roeder
Casey Eichhorn as Mrs. Alma MacNeil, Mrs. Cora Middleton (Society Woman), Board #2
Kaeli Meno as Mrs. Anna Fryer, Clerk, Board Member #1
Paitton Reid Nancy Jane Harlan (SOB Sister)
Aurora Hoefferle as Dr. Knef
Taran Haynes as Tom Kreider, Jack Youngwood (reporter)
Isaac Kumpula as Dr. Von Sochocky, Edward Markley, Frederick Flinn, Ph.D, Lovesick Cowboy
Kody Eckberg as Raymond Berry, Dr. Cecil Drinker
Richard Fulton as Court, Board #3
Isaac Mendel as C.B. “Charlie” Lee
James Peritz as William J.A. Bailey, Store Owner, Venecine Salesman
Quentin Schenk as Dr. Harrison Martland, Male Shopper
Alexandra McCall (Grace Fryer) is a theatre student at the UAA. She has recently appeared on the UAA stage in such productions as Twelfth Night (Viola), 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Presidents Taft and Eisenhower), Marie Antoinette (Lamballe), Working (Sharon Atkins, ensemble), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne). Alexandra toured with UAA’s Theatre for Young Audiences with the production of A Bully There Be (Wench) and has also appeared in the student-directed scene Let the Right One In (Eli).
Mary Alley (Kathryn Schaub, Harriet Roeder) is an Anchorage-born actor, stage manager, and student. She will graduate this spring with a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in performance. Her past roles include And Then There Were None (Detective Blore), The Secret Garden (Mrs. Medlock), and Pride and Prejudice (Lydia). Mary is currently working on an honor thesis in partnership with Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center. She is excited to continue training in stage management, or directing, or acting, or the art of making up her mind. After graduation, she anticipates exploring theatre outside of Alaska. Her ultimate dream is to create a theatre company that focuses on social justice theatre for and by anyone who identifies as a “misfit” in society.
Angela Colavecchio (Irene Rudolph, Mrs. Michaels, Shop Girl, Photographer) is a third year theatre major at UAA. When Angela isn’t performing she is working as a nanny and a secretary. She has done five shows at UAA including Working (Terry Mason), And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Germaine) and Eurydice (Loud Stone). Angela’s claim to fame is that she has eaten an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting without actually being sad. When Angela grows up, she wants to open a children’s theatre or be a princess, either one would be fine.
Kimberly Allely (Katherine Wiley, Board #2, Customer) is a legal studies major with a theatre minor. She last appeared on UAA’s stage in Eurydice (Eurydice). Kimberly has also appeared in various productions around town including Anchorage Community Theatre’s The Best of Everything (Caroline), Mad Myrna’s Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), and in the short film Round One (Jenny) with Normal People Productions. Kimberly acts as manager and member of UAA’s improv troupe, the Ad-lib Alchemists.
Addoris Davis (Dr. Marie Curie, Elderly Widow, Mrs. Diane Roeder) is currently a senior technical theatre major, focusing on stage management and design at the UAA. It has been two years since she has performed on stage, and she is excited to be apart of the cast of Radium Girls! Addoris’s recent credits include Stage Management for UAA’s production of Working: The Musical; Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s Rapture, Blister, Burn; and UAA’s William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. She enjoys being on stage as well. Her UAA performances include Marie Antoinette ( the Sheep) and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Maria). She is also a part of UAA’s improv troupe, the Ad-Lib Alchemists.
Casey Eichhorn (Mrs. Alma MacNeil, Mrs. Cora Middleton) is a senior theatre major, with an emphasis in design and technology. While she has been involved in most UAA productions in one technical capacity or another over the last four years, this is the first show in which she appears onstage. When not up to her elbows in theatre projects, she can be found spending time with her four children or studying French.
Kaeli Meno (Mrs. Anna Fryer, Clerk, Board Member #1 ) is going on her third year at UAA as a history and theater dual major. Although her emphasis is in technical theater she has performed in The Flick (Rose) and in the UAA original The Confession (Amelia). She is elated to be performing in her first Main Stage production at UAA. Kaeli is also involved on campus as the president of Wolfpack Theater Club, a member of the debate team and employed as a resident advisor. She is excited about this opportunity and the upcoming season!
Paitton Reid (Nancy Jane Harlan) is in her second year at UAA, and this is her first time in a UAA production! When she is not acting, she is either working a show or trying to fit in sleep. She has been a crew member in various UAA productions including And Then There Were None (Wardrobe) and Picasso in the Lapin Agile (Assistant Stage Manager). She is happy to be on the stage and looks forward to the rest of the department’s season.
Aurora Anne Hoefferle (Dr. Knef ) was born and raised in Dillingham, Alaska, participating in activities such as hunting, fishing, community theatre and environmental advocacy. After finishing up a degree in natural sciences earlier this spring, Aurora intends to finish their degree in theatre and secondary teaching certification through the state of Alaska.
Jake Beauvais (Arthur Roeder ) is a theatre major with a performance emphasis here at UAA. He has been in department productions such as Eurydice as Orpheus and Stalking the Bogeyman as the swing for both David and The Bogeyman. He has also appeared in Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Bus Stop as Bo Decker. He was last seen in UAA’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile as The Visitor. Jake is also a founding member of UAA’s resident improv troupe, The Ad-lib Alchemists.
Taran Haynes (Tom Kreider, Jack Youngwood ) is a theatre major at UAA and an aspiring performer, director, and playwright. You may have recently seen Taran on the UAA stage in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Albert Einstein), Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Phillip Lombard), Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer) and Spam-a-lot (Not-Dead-Fred). He also served as production dramaturg for Stalking the Bogeyman and assistant director in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Beyond acting, Taran recently found a deep love of playwriting with both of his first two works finding early success. Writing a Play, Taran’s first one-act, was accepted to the Play Lab of the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. His 10-minute play, The Hardest Thing, was accepted to the Playwriting Symposium of the 2017 Mid America Theatre Conference in Houston, TX, which subsequently earned Taran UAA’s Discovery Grant.
Isaac Kumpula (Dr. Von Sochocky, Edward Markley, Frederick Flinn, Ph.D, Lovesick Cowboy) is a junior theater major at UAA who can be recognized from his work in the theater community TBA’s Hamlet (Laertes), Blue Chair’s Seminar (Martin), and most recently in Cyrano’s She Kills Monsters (Chuck). Isaac also played the role of ill-fated hippie Gunther in Chad Carpenter’s Moose the Movie. This is his third production with UAA, following Steady Rain and And Then There Were None.
Kody Eckberg (C.B. “Charlie” Lee) is a freshman at UAA and is a theatre major. Radium Girls is his first show at UAA. Kody hails from the theatre program at Bartlett High School. He performed in Bartlett’s productions Almost, Maine and Cheaper by the Dozen. Kody also participated in the Improv Troupe for his senior year at Bartlett and had the chance to participate in Improvaganza.
Richard Fulton (Court, Board #3 ) is a fourth-year theatre major. UAA productions include William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead ( Player, Soldier, Zombie) and And Then There Were None (Narracott)
He has also performed in scenes for the UAA directing class. Other productions include TBA’s Zombie Survival Orientation (Zombie), Stand Up Guys (Joe Hill) and Gals of Alaska’s While Ireland Holds These Graves (Soldier).
Isaac Mendel (Raymond Berry, Dr. Cecil Drinker) first arrived on the UAA Theatre scene in 2006. Isaac appeared in several UAA productions before leaving with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2014. He spent the next two and a half years away from the theatre, living in Canada and studying French, but has returned to UAA to complete a second bachelor’s degree in theatre. Isaac’s performing talent is multi-faceted: he is a longtime cast member of the 3 Barons Renaissance Fair, participated in past UAA New Dances productions, and performed both aerial and swing dance at the Alaska State Fair. He also currently performs with UAA’s theatre improv group, the Ad-Lib Alchemists.
James Peritz (William J.A. Bailey, Store Owner, Venevine Salesman) is a sophomore at UAA and making his debut on the UAA Mainstage. James’ love for theatre started at high school and now he can never stop, always happy making the audience laugh. You may have seen him in TBA Theatre’s production of Hamlet and While Ireland Holds These Graves (Paddy). James is also studying biology and psychology along with his theatre classes. He is honored to be working with such talented people and is ecstatic to be participating in a powerful show like this.
Quentin Schenk (Dr. Harrison Martland, Male Shopper) is making his debut on the UAA Mainstage. He is in his second year at UAA. His interest in theatre first developed in his senior year of high school. He is a member of the UAA Glee Club which he first performed with in spring of 2016. He is excited to be getting more involved in theatre and happy to be performing in his first UAA production!
Director, Nova Cunningham
Production Stage Manager, Daniel J. Anteau
Stage Manager, Addie George
Scenic Designer & Technical Director, Daniel Glen Carlgren
Assistant Scenic Designer, Meghan Stanford
Scene Shop Supervisor, Henry Coleman
Scene Shop Assistant, Meghan Stanford
Props Master, Henry Coleman
Automation Design, Daniel Glen Carlgren
Assistant Automation Design, Henry Coleman and Meghan Stanford
Costume Designer, Colleen Alexis Metzger
Hair/Make-up Designer, Becca Padrick
Costume Shop Supervisor, Kaie Promish
Lighting Designer, Daniel J. Anteau
Assistant Lighting Designer, James Branstetter
Sound Designer, Krisha Manuel
Dialect Coach, Ty Hewitt
Nova Cunningham (Director) holds a Bachelor of Music degree, with an emphasis in music education and vocal performance), from Ohio Northern University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, with an emphasis in musical theatre, from San Diego State University. She has made a career performing live theatre. Her favorite roles include Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Betty Rizzo in Grease, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her role as Bunny Byron in Babes in Arms landed her a recording contract with Hugh Martin and Mickey Rooney. She has served as Producing Artistic Director for several regional theatres. Nova has been a seasonal resident of Alaska. She manages Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre in Denali National Park for Aramark. She is currently a Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UAA.
Daniel Anteau (Production Stage Manager, Lighting Designer) received a B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In his academic career he has taught for the University of Alaska Anchorage as term technical director/lighting designer and The University of Hawaii as Assistant professor in Lighting Design and Technical Director. After returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage He now serves as Professor in design and Production Manager. Daniel is also the academic advisor for the design and technical students, manages the light shop as well as sound, projections, and special effects. Professionally, Daniel’s Lighting Designs have been seen across Alaska & Hawaii, to New York City, and internationally to Africa. In Hawaii, Daniel continues to stay active as Lighting Designer working with Manoa Valley Theatre on their summer production.
Addie George (Stage Manager) is making her debut at UAA. In the past three years she has been apart of over 20 productions in various roles from directing Clue with Alaska Fine Arts Academy, stage managing Singing in the Rain Jr. with Alaska Theatre of Youth to acting in The Burning with TBA.
Daniel Glen Carlgren (Scenic Designer & Technical Director, Automation Design) is currently the faculty scenic designer, projection designer, and technical director at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He received his BFA from Southern Oregon University in 2001 and his MFA from University of Oregon in 2012. Daniel’s recent credits include scenic and projection design, and technical direction for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Night of the Iguana, SPAMalot, Twelfth Night, and many others. Daniel has also worked on the automation for Julie Taymor’s Grendal and Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Los Angeles Opera and Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Daniel has worked as a scenery, staging and rigging specialist in the entertainment industry for many years.
James Branstetter (Assistant Lighting Designer) loves working in the scene shop and designing lights. After graduation, he is hoping to combine his degrees by working in an engineering firm, designing theatre automations.
Krisha Nicole Manuel (Sound Designer) is a senior at UAA, double majoring in both computer science and theatre with a concentration in technical design. During her years as a college student, she explored many fields until she decided on computer science for her affinity to technology, media effects, and video games. Since 2016, after taking a theatre class on a whim, she also discovered her newly found love for theatre, and has been committing her many hours to it since. She hopes to pursue a job in the future that could incorporate her skills to create and entertain people, while also having fun with it.
Henry Coleman (Scene Shop Supervisor) is an IATSE theatre and arena rigger and has worked on large shows such as The Lion King and Cirque du Soleil as well as smaller productions at the university and community level. He plans to eventually go to graduate school to study technical direction or design, and he loves to bike, ski, and play outside in his spare time.
Becca Padrick (Hair & Makeup Designer) is a third-year theatre performance major at UAA, she has had the opportunity to work on many productions, both backstage and onstage. She’s also intent on learning more about makeup design, as it combines her passion for art and theatre. Some of her favorite plays she has been in include Working, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). If you ask her to tell a joke, she will always come up with one for you on the spot. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
Ty Hewitt (Dialect Coach) was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, and has worked as an actor, director, teacher and fight choreographer for productions in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Theatre credits include Profile Theatre’s (Portland, OR) Sam Shepard season, playing Vince in Buried Child, the Speaker in Tongues and as a guest lecturer on the nature of violence in Shepard’s plays. Other Portland theatre credits include The Scene at Portland Playhouse and On The Table with the Sojourn Theatre. Ty performed in deCOMPOSITION, a theatre piece he co-wrote, in Seattle and NYC. New York credits include Opus D’Amour at Theatre Lab, Babel Tower with Round Table Ensemble and Orsino in Aquila Theatre’s Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center. Ty has a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University and an M.F.A. from UMKC.
Colleen Alexis Metzger (Costume Designer) is a costume designer and technician whose work has taken her across the country. She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, The Barter Theatre in Virginia, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Chautauqua Opera in New York, Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Portland Stage Company in Maine, and most recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Lighting Board Operator: Bao Her
Master Electrician: James Kendall
Sound Board Operator: Nathan Vincent
Scenic Artist: Myranda Bailey
Scenic Painter: Zoe Ellis
Master Carpenter: Myranda Bailey
Prop Run Crew: Halsey Howard
Stage Hand: Isaac McElwee, Steven Chapman
Dresser/Wardrobe: Petra Murray, Zoe Ellis, Stephanie Brenner, Kayla Gonzales, Katie Radford
Costume Shop Assistants: Jane Lee, Stephanie Lahn
Costume Crafts: Jane Lee, Casey Eichhorn, Kayla Craft
Lighting Crew: James Branstetter, James Kendall, Aurora Hoefferle, Isaac Mendel, Casey Eichhorn, Julia Arn, Isaac McElwee, Naida Sherriff
Scenic Construction Crew: Adi Davis, Aurora Hoefferle, Isaac McElwee, Kaeli Meno, Isaac Mendel, Jake Beauvais, James Branstetter, Josh Rutten, Julia Arn, Kyle Campbell, Myranda Bailey, Paitton Reid, Petra Murray, Steven Chapman
Costume Shop Crew: Stephanie Brenner, Isaac Mendel, Kayla Gonzalez, Paitton Reid, Kaeli Meno, Kimberly Walters,Grace Denney, Casey Eichhorn
ASL Interpreters: Laura Miller, Jamie Hartung
Communications & Graphic Design: Asia Bauzon
House Manager: Lawrence Wynn
Box Office: Hope Hughes
- Production Photos
- News, Reviews, and Buzz
- Radium Girls: McCall, Beauvais star in UAA’s first performance of the semester
written by Matt Hickman, The Anchorage Press
- Gender and Justice at Work in Radium Girls
Written by J. Besl, UAA Green and Gold News
- Radium Girls: A Preview Performance
- Radium Girls: McCall, Beauvais star in UAA’s first performance of the semester
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois. Originally produced by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and developed with a commissioning grant from The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project.