Purdue’s These Shining Lives Sheds Light on Powerful History

Photos by Melodie Yvonne

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (Dress Rehearsal – September 18, 2019) – Purdue Theatre’s production of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich and Directed by Emily A. Rollie sheds light on a powerful true story about women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois that fall ill to mysterious ailments caused by the radioactive paint. The heart wrenching tale is an amazing history lesson taught by a phenomenal cast thanks to the crew at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.

The following excerpt is courtesy of Purdue Theatre’s official website:

“Based on the true story ofΒ women who worked in aΒ watch factory in Ottawa,Β Illinois in the 1920s, thisΒ lyrical drama centers aroundΒ Catherine Donahue and herΒ coworkers and friends. TheΒ women find new financialΒ independence in a β€œlip, dip,Β and paint routine”: using aΒ glowing radium compoundΒ to make hour markings onΒ watch faces. Their vision of freedom is shattered when the women fall illΒ to mysterious ailments caused by the radioactive paint. Though fatallyΒ ill, the women form a class-action lawsuit against the Radium DialΒ Company. Their struggle for justice in the face of personal, economic, andΒ social constraintsΒ demonstrates theΒ women’s individualΒ strength and theirΒ collective power.”

Dates: September 20 – 29, 2019. All performances take place at 7:30 pm, with the exception of Sunday showings at 2:30 pm.

Visitors can purchase tickets online at purdue.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at all campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

Check out the full gallery from the show below and Purchase TicketsΒ now!

Purdue Theatre’s production of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich and Directed by Emily A. Rollie runs September 20 – 29, 2019. All performances take place at 7:30 pm, with the exception of Sunday showings at 2:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at purdue.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at all campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Purchase TicketsΒ now to see this amazing event!

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, β€œI started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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