These Shining Lives is a play written by Melanie Marnich. Based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Ottowa, Illinois, 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.
In this drama centering around Catherine Donahue and her three coworkers / friends, the new financial independence of women working in the post-war 1920s is both liberating and exciting. The women earn a comfortable living painting watch faces glow-in-the-dark. This new vision of freedom is shattered when one by one the women begin to fall ill to mysterious ailments. They discover the source of their sickness is radioactive paint used for the watches, and decide to seek justice in the form of a class-action lawsuit against their employer, Radium Dial Company.
ELIZABETH HUTH COATES INDOOR THEATRE
Friday & Saturday: 7:30pm
Sunday 10/20 & 10/27: 2pm