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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