These Shining Lives
Nov. 15-18, 2017
Directed by Kristin Fox
Scene Design by Dalen O'Connell
Lighting Design by John Hocker
Sound Design by Alex Rollins
Costume Design by Nat Vorel
“Why does it Shine?” “There’s a little Radium in there, just a smidge.”
These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. From left are Pearl (Samantha Fairchild), Catherine Donohue (Ashley Ziegler), Charlotte (Zoe Hartigan) and Frances (Sarah Thomas).
The play is based on the true story of four women who worked in a watch factory in Illinois. The dangerous working conditions they faced in the workforce in the 1920s caused the destruction of their health and well-being. From left are Pearl (Samantha Fairchild), Catherine Donohue (Ashley Ziegler), Charlotte (Zoe Hartigan) and Frances (Sarah Thomas).
“We were just girls who wanted to work . . . and we started like this.”
Catherine Donohue (Ashley Ziegler, purple dress) introduces us to the women of Radium Dial: Charlotte Purcell (Zoe Hartigan, cardigan), Pearl Payne (Samantha Fairchild, yellow dress) and Frances O’Connell (Sarah Thomas, black dress). Their job entailed working in a watch factory and painting the hour markings onto different sized watch dials using radium, which unbeknownst to them was a dangerous compound.