Radium Girls Shine Through in Moving Performance

On Saturday I took in a powerful matinee performance of Melanie Marnich’s “These Shining Lives” directed by faculty member Eric Bishop. Set against the backdrop of the roaring 1920’s in the time of the newly independent factory working woman. The production is the true story of the Radium girls, Catherine Donahue, Charlotte Purcell, Pearl Payne and Francis O’Connell who lived and worked in Ottawa Illinois, at the Radium Dial Company. Over the course of the time between the mid 1920’s to the 1930’s the women come to realize the radium they had been working with daily has given them terminal bone cancer.

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