These Shining Lives

April 13-16, 2023
Written by Melanie Marnach
Directed by Stephanie Hill
These Shining Lives is based on the true story of four women who worked for the Radium Dial Company- a watch factory based in Ottawa, Illinois. The play dramatizes the danger women faced in this workplace and highlights the wider lack of concern companies had for protecting the health of their employees.This drama chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.