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 of women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1920s, this lyrical drama centers around Catherine Donahue and her coworkers and friends. The women find new financial independence in a “lip, dip, and paint routine”: using a glowing radium compound to make hour markings on watch faces. Their vision of freedom is shattered when the women fall ill to mysterious ailments caused by the radioactive paint. Though fatally ill, the women form a class-action lawsuit against the Radium Dial Company. Their struggle for justice in the face of personal, economic, and social constraints demonstrates the women’s individual strength and their 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 Tickets 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 Tickets now to see this amazing event!

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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 a