These Shining Lives

July 19, 2018

A one night only reading!

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Written by Melanie Marnich
Directed by April Lichtman

Tickets are $15 (includes wine and cheese at intermission)


Catherine Donohue - Steph Cahill

Charlotte Purcell (and others) - Sarah Sherwood

Frances (and others) - Devon Slattery

Pearl (and others) - Christina Boyle

Tom Donohue (and others) - Matt Johnson

Mr. Reed (and others) - Kellen Schult

These Shining Lives revolves around the real-life circumstances of four women who worked in a watch factory painting watch faces with glowing radium rich paint.  The play dramatizes the danger women faced in the workforce in the 1920s, and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of its employees.

Narrated by one of the workers, Catherine Donohue, These Shining Lives shows the women happy to have a chance for a well-paying job in the 1920s and early 1930s, which was uncharacteristic for the time in the United States. The job seems easy enough to the four main characters who later begin to suffer from the negative effects of the radium.

"These Shining Lives" is presented with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.